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Rescue workers battle landslides to reach isolated villages

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An injured person is loaded onto a rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base Camp. The bodies of those who perished lie under orange tents. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT

An injured person is loaded onto a rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base Camp. The bodies of those who perished lie under orange tents. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT

Rescue workers battled landslides to deliver medical aid to isolated villages in the foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas on Monday, an AFP journalist at the scene said, two weeks after a devastating earthquake hit the country.

Villagers rushed to a helicopter being used by aid workers after it landed in far-flung villages in Gorkha district, along the popular Manaslu trekking route, desperate for medical supplies that have failed to reach them so far.

An aerial view of the area showed villages flattened by the April 25 quake, which crushed the small guesthouses scattered along the trekking route.

“We are trying to distribute relief materials to every village, using helicopters in areas cut off by landslides,” Uddav Prasad Timilsina, chief district officer of Gorkha, told AFP.

Timilsina said that a team of soldiers was deployed on Monday to free up blocked areas along the trekking route.

The quake has killed over 8,000 across the country, leaving thousands more homeless and in desperate need of food, clean water and shelter.


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