The Latest on Nepal: 'A few people' missing after mudslide

6 p.m. (1215 GMT)

The number of people missing after a mudslide struck a village in central Nepal appears to be lower than first thought.

The government had said Tuesday that 250 people were missing after a mudslide and avalanche hit the village of Ghodatabela near the quake epicenter.

Government administrator Gautam Rimal said on Wednesday, however, "We believe now there are only a few people who were swept by the mudslide."

Authorities withdrew the figure of 250 after getting more information from local residents, but Rimal didn't have an amended figure.

— Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal

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4 p.m. (1015 GMT)

Nepalese rescue helicopters are taking advantage of breaks in the rain to bring out the injured from remote mountain villages where aid is only beginning to trickle in, four days after the massive earthquake.

A rescue mission on Wednesday landed in the village of Darkha, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of the capital, Kathmandu, and unloaded boxes of aid supplies. Nepalese soldiers disembarked and carried back on a stretcher the 69-year-old Ek Bahadur Thapa and others in need of treatment.

He suffered leg injuries and has had to wait for medical care.

The government says more than 10,000 people were injured.

— Upendra Mansingh, Darkha, Nepal

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3 p.m. (0915 GMT)

The first 44 Spaniards who were stranded in Nepal have returned home on an air force plane with Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo accompanying them.

The group is the first of some 127 to be evacuated by the government. About 500 Spaniards were affected by the earthquake and 103 have yet to be located. More than 20 were able to return by their own means.

A second Spanish plane was due to bring back another group of Spaniards as well as other European and Latin American citizens later Wednesday.

The quake occurred while Margallo was on an official visit to New Delhi.

— Ciaran Giles, Madrid

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2:30 p.m. (0845 GMT)

In another sign of life inching back to normal, banks in Kathmandu opened for few hours Wednesday and stuffed their ATMs with cash. At the Standard Chartered Bank in the city, people are lining up.

"I needed money in cash so I can take my family out of Kathmandu. I want to be out of here for at least a few days," said Suraj Shrestha.

He wasn't sure if ATMs outside the city were dispensing cash and wanted to carry "as much as possible."

— Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal

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12:05 p.m. (0620 GMT)

About 200 people have blocked traffic in Kathmandu to protest the slow pace of aid delivery.

The protesters faced off with police and there were minor scuffles but no arrests were made.

One protester says they haven't received any relief.

"We are hungry, we haven't had anything to drink. We haven't been able to sleep. I have a 7-year-old child who is sleeping in the open. It's getting cold and people are getting pneumonia," he said.

He accused the government of not doing enough.

The death toll has climbed to 5,093 and more than 8 million people have been affected.

— Jerry Harmer, Kathmandu, Nepal

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11:55 a.m. (0610 GMT)

Police in Nepal say the death toll from Saturday's earthquake has topped 5,000.

The Kathmandu police say 4,989 have died and another 10,260 people have been injured in Nepal.

The quake that was centered just outside Kathmandu also triggered an avalanche that killed at least 18 people at the Everest base camp.

Another 61 were killed in neighboring India and Bangladesh, and China's official Xinhua News Agency reported 25 dead in Tibet.

— Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal

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11:30 a.m. (0545 GMT)

Police have arrested dozens of people on suspicion of looting abandoned homes as well as causing panic by spreading rumors of another big quake.

Police official Bigyan Raj Sharma says 27 have been detained for stealing from homes whose owners moved out following Saturday's quake and powerful aftershocks.

The aftershocks have waned but people are still anxious, many preferring to stay out in the open. Sharma says another four people were arrested for spreading false rumors of an impending quake through social media and text messages.

— Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal

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11 a.m. (0515 GMT)

The first aid shipments have reached Dhading district, close to the epicenter of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

U.N. food agency emergency officer Geoff Pinnock says the distribution in remote quake-hit villages will start Wednesday, but cautions it would take time.

"Remember Katrina. It doesn't happen overnight," he said.

In Gorkha, the neighboring district to the west, five cargo trucks filled with rice, cooking oil and sugar stood on a grassy field in Majuwa village waiting for a helicopter from Kathmandu to take the supplies to the hardest-hit areas of that district.

The World Food Program also expects the delivery of high-energy biscuits, which will be send out to areas without enough water for cooking.

— Katy Daigle, Majuwa, Nepal

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10:30 a.m. (0445 GMT)

A man pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building in Kathmandu more than three days after the deadly Nepal earthquake says he drank his own urine to survive.

Rishi Khanal tells The Associated Press that he had given up all hope of rescue as his lips cracked and his nails turned white. There were dead bodies around him and a terrible smell. But he kept banging on the rubble all around him and eventually this brought a French rescue team that extracted him after an operation lasting many hours.

He's now being treated for leg injuries at a hospital in the capital the day after French rescuers found him and brought him out from a collapsed hotel. He had been buried for 82 hours.

— Rishi Lekhi, Kathmandu, Nepal

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