Nepalese soldiers load goods into an army helicopter in Gorkha, Nepal, to supply remote areas near the epi-center of Saturday's earthquake with food and other needs, April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Hands pressed together in supplication, the Nepalese women pleaded for food, shelter and anything else the helicopter might have brought on an in-and-out run Wednesday to this smashed mountain village near the epicenter of last weekend's mammoth earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people.Gumda is one of a handful of villages identified as the worst hit by Saturday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake, from which it will almost certainly take years to recover.With the erratic Himalayan weather, aid workers are worried about keeping people warm, fed and safe.With 8 million Nepalese affected by the earthquake, including 1.4 million needing immediate food assistance, Pinnock said the relief effort would stretch on for months.Nepalese police said Wednesday the death toll from the quake had reached 5,045 .The U.N. says the disaster has affected 8.1 million people -- more than a fourth of Nepal's population of 27.8 million -- and that 1.4 million needed food assistance.Some have had little news of family and loved ones since Saturday's quake.In some heartening news, French rescuers freed a man from the ruins of a three-story Kathmandu hotel more than three days after the quake.
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