Chaos at Kathmandu airport as thousands await evacuation

26 April 2015 (Last Updated April 26th, 2015 18:30)

Two days after a massive earthquake jolted Nepal, the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, is witnessing a chaotic situation.

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Two days after a massive earthquake jolted Nepal, the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is witnessing a chaotic situation.

As countries are offering help to Nepal that was ravaged by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the worst disaster that the country has faced in the past 80 years, thousands are stranded at the airport, waiting to be rescued.

Currently, many aid flights are flying to Kathmandu. However, the airport is fast running out of parking bays due to which many aircraft are having to wait before being able to land.

"Until now, 2,500 Indians have been evacuated."

According to the latest reports, close to 3,617 people are estimated to have died and around 6,500 people have been injured, reported the BBC.

Nearly 2,500 people have been evacuated from the country so far.

A senior official of the Indian High Commission Prabhat Singh was quoted by the Times of India as saying: "Until now, 2,500 Indians have been evacuated. Yesterday 15 flights ferried Indians trapped in the country, the exercise will continue till most of these people are evacuated.

"M17 Indian choppers have been pressed in to evacuate people from the inner parts of Sindhupal Chowk, Gorkha and Nuwakot districts. Rescue operations in Bhaktapur and Kathmandu are also being carried out by the Indian authorities."

The Kathmandu airport had to be shut down on Saturday, following the earthquake with many flights having to be cancelled and diverted.

On Sunday, Nepal experienced another powerful aftershock of 6.7 magnitude following, which the airport had to stop operations for about an hour.


Image: Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Tanweer Morshed.