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Death toll after Nepal earthquake climbs to more than 1,900

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Death toll after Nepal earthquake climbs to more than 1,900

<p>A powerful earthquake has rocked Nepal, killing and injuring scores of people. </p> <p>Many more are feared trapped under rubble, amid widespread scenes of devastation. <br />  <br /> The death toll stood at more than 1,800 in Nepal, according to the Interior Minister at 03:39CET. A further 36 fatalities were reported in northern India, 12 in Chinese Tibet and four in Bangladesh. </p> <p>The 7.9 magnitude quake – the strongest to hit Nepal in more than 80 years – struck just before noon local time. </p> <p>Its epicentre was 80 kilometres east of the Himalayan nation’s second largest city Pokhara. </p> <p>The quake was shallow at just two metres deep and that intensified its force.</p> <p>Damage has been reported in neighbouring Indian states and Bangladesh – evidence of the power it unleashed.</p> <p>The historic Dharahara Tower in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu has been reduced to a stump. Built in 1832, what was a 14-storey structure is now unrecognisable. </p> <p>The quake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, which killed at least eight people as it swept through a base camp for climbers. </p> <p>Hospitals in Kathmandu are being overwhelmed with the injured. Streets have become makeshift wards, as quake victims continue to pour in for treatment. </p> <p>Nepal’s mountainous terrain is hampering search and rescue efforts, with many areas yet to be reached. </p> <p>Communications are also poor, meaning it is too early to know the full scale of this disaster.</p> <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)<sup class="footnote"><a href="#fn60090758637876e4b99c4">0</a></sup>; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153020037988110.1073741895.101402598109&type=1" data-width="500"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153020037988110.1073741895.101402598109&type=1">Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews">euronews</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153020037988110.1073741895.101402598109&type=1">Saturday, 25 April 2015</a></blockquote></div></div> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>Kathmandu temples destroyed by earthquake. <a href="http://t.co/CwvAZVsiER">pic.twitter.com/CwvAZVsiER</a></p>— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) <a href="https://twitter.com/siobhanheanue/status/591870324750163968">April 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p><span class="caps">BASANTAPUR</span> <span class="caps">DURBAR</span> <span class="caps">SQUARE</span> IS <span class="caps">GONE</span>!!! <a href="http://t.co/HnauT0fDia">pic.twitter.com/HnauT0fDia</a></p>— Kashish Das Shrestha (@kashishds) <a href="https://twitter.com/kashishds/status/591867689284435968">April 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p><span class="caps">EMERGENCY</span>: 4 locals trapped in this rubble <span class="caps">INSIDE</span> <span class="caps">PALTANGHAR</span> in <span class="caps">ASON</span>. <a href="http://t.co/15HZP4zbBL">pic.twitter.com/15HZP4zbBL</a></p>— Kashish Das Shrestha (@kashishds) <a href="https://twitter.com/kashishds/status/591863968219537408">April 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>Terrible <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/earthquake?src=hash">#earthquake</a> in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nepal?src=hash">#Nepal</a>. Just saved ourselves. Don't know how many killed. Roads are blocked already. <a href="http://t.co/qsxITz0n1P">pic.twitter.com/qsxITz0n1P</a></p>— Guna Raj Luitel (@gunaraj) <a href="https://twitter.com/gunaraj/status/591851557508919297">April 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>This is seriously scary!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/earthquake?src=hash">#earthquake</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/kathmandu?src=hash">#kathmandu</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nepal?src=hash">#nepal</a> <a href="http://t.co/2zwQ0iw13u">pic.twitter.com/2zwQ0iw13u</a></p>— Masoom Vyas (@masoomvyas) <a href="https://twitter.com/masoomvyas/status/591858853890789376">April 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dharahara?src=hash">#Dharahara</a> (Bhimsen Tower) the 19th century, 9-storey tall tower in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Kathmandu?src=hash">#Kathmandu</a>, has collapsed b/c <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nepalquake?src=hash">#Nepalquake</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nepal?src=hash">#Nepal</a> <a href="http://t.co/A7tbEx3RIv">pic.twitter.com/A7tbEx3RIv</a></p>— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) <a href="https://twitter.com/StefSimanowitz/status/591863537024290817">April 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>