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Saturday 3 December 2016

Editorial: Horror of Kathmandu earthquake

People burn the bodies of earthquake victims at a mass cremation in Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts April 26 to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country
People burn the bodies of earthquake victims at a mass cremation in Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts April 26 to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country

THE search for and rescue of the thousands killed and injured in Kathmandu will be a precarious and dangerous job.

More than 2,500 people have lost their lives in the earthquake that has devastated Nepal and India, and at least 5,000 individuals have been seriously injured.

Many more have been made homeless in the already crowded Kathmandu valley at the base of Mount Everest, and the body count will keep rising.

There are scenes of utter devastation emerging from Nepal, and the survivors can do little but take refuge for now.

With communication lines failing, our thoughts are with the families and friends of the Irish out there who may not have been accounted for.

Rescue teams are being hampered by violent aftershocks and locals will rely on assistance from overseas.

No doubt Irish people will dig deep and contribute to relief efforts.

Hero Roisin is honoured

FEARLESS hero Roisin Halligan deserves every honour.

The 12-year-old who bravely risked her own life to save her little cousin will be recognised by President Michael D Higgins next month.

The teenager had no thought for herself when she jumped on little Lexi to shield her when a petrol bomb was thrown through the window of their grandmother's home at Ballybeg in Waterford last October.

Roisin suffered nightmares in the wake of the attack and was treated in hospital for months. She still bears the scars from the horrific firebomb and will face years of skin grafts.

This brave youngster was selfless in her actions and is absolutely the right choice for the prestigious honour of a National Bravery Award.

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