KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 1 (UPI) -- Nepal will need at least $2 billion to rebuild after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the death toll from which has now risen to more than 6,200 people, officials said Friday.
Nepal Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said the country would need $2 billion to rebuild homes, hospitals, governmental offices and other historic buildings.
The United Nations says at least 70,000 homes were destroyed and another 530,000 damaged by the temblor, which struck Saturday. Some 500,000 Nepalis have been sleeping in the open since the quake whether because of damage to their homes or out of fear of a followup quake.
The UN has launched a $415 million appeal to provide shelter, medical supplies and facilities, safe drinking water, food and sanitation facilities.
The death toll rose to more than 6,200 Friday, though searchers were still finding bodies.
They're also still finding survivors. The U.S. Embassy in Nepal announced that nine people were rescued from Gorkha today, including seven American nationals.
The embassy hasn't said how many Americans were still unaccounted for.
The European Union said Friday they still haven't located about 1,000 citizens, though it's not clear if they're hurt or just haven't checked in.
"We don't know where they are, or where they could be," EU ambassador to Nepal Rensje Teerink said. "Of course that doesn't mean they are dead. It just means they haven't reported back."