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Number of dead in Nepal quake continues to rise

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By Seamus Kearney
Number of dead in Nepal quake continues to rise

<ul> <li>Death toll now more than 2,200, with scores injured</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Strong aftershocks cause panic and further damage</li> </ul> <ul> <li>New avalanche strikes Mt. Everest, where at least 17 died</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Offers of help pour in from around the world</li> </ul> <br /> <h3>Death toll rises by the minute</h3> <p>Strong aftershocks continue to hit Nepal, with one measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, causing further panic and devastation.</p> <p>A new avalanche was also triggered near Mount Everest.</p> <p>The number of dead continues to rise by the minute after Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude quake, amid frantic searches for survivors among the rubble.</p> <p>The latest official death toll is now more than 2,200, but many remote areas close to the epicentre have still not been reached.</p> <p>Hospitals and clinics are overwhelmed with the scores of people arriving with serious injuries.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><span class="caps">WFP</span> emergency teams are on the ground in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nepal?src=hash">#Nepal</a>, responding to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NepalQuake?src=hash">#NepalQuake</a> <a href="http://t.co/3arGXuIBq1">http://t.co/3arGXuIBq1</a> <a href="http://t.co/vMEyordkW5">pic.twitter.com/vMEyordkW5</a></p>— World Food Programme (@WFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/WFP/status/592238060861009920">April 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <h3>Many buildings and landmarks destroyed</h3> <p>The strongest earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years devastated the Kathmandu valley. </p> <p>It caused many buildings and landmarks to collapse, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. At least 17 were killed at the base camp.</p> <p>Local authorities are struggling to cope with the aftermath, with reports of many rescuers being forced to dig with their bare hands.</p> <p>The historic Dharahara Tower in Nepal’s capital has been reduced to a stump. Built in 1832, what was a 14-storey structure is now unrecognisable. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I took these photos an hour apart. Was wandering when quake demolished temples before my eyes. Heartbreaking. <a href="http://t.co/RYtIZI4725">pic.twitter.com/RYtIZI4725</a></p>— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) <a href="https://twitter.com/siobhanheanue/status/591912353513349120">April 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Nepal’s worst earthquake in 1934 killed more than 8,500 people. <br /> <br /> <h3>Fears of further strong quakes</h3> </p> <p>Many residents have also been forced to spend the night on the streets, with so many homes destroyed.</p> <p>In Kathmandu, residents bedded down in make-shift outdoor shelters.</p> <p>Afraid to return home, people preferred to brave the freezing temperatures.</p> <p>“We are hearing rumours that other bigger earthquakes are expected to happen. We are sleeping here, so we can stay safe and quickly run to safety if needed,” explained Rabindra Shresth, a local resident displaced by the earthquake.</p> <p>An untold number of people have been injured.</p> <p>With many people still trapped under rubble, there are fears the death toll will climb.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Crowds gather as a handful of rescuers dig through rubble of collapsed residential building by hand <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NepalQuake?src=hash">#NepalQuake</a> <a href="http://t.co/dxi3XC58o5">pic.twitter.com/dxi3XC58o5</a></p>— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) <a href="https://twitter.com/siobhanheanue/status/592017512868356096">April 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The quake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 18 people as it swept through a base camp for climbers. </p> <p>Thirty-six fatalities were reported in India, which is now coordinating a disaster response to help neighbouring Nepal. <br /> <br /> <h3>International offers of help for Nepal</h3></p> <p>India’s Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, said: “Once we have a damage assessment, which we hope to have done overnight, by tomorrow our endeavour would be to have five helicopters positioned in Kathmandu and five helicopters positioned in Pokhara.</p> <p>“Their role would be to do the local rescue, to do airlifting if they have to and to do food distribution locally.” </p> <p>The US is providing one million dollars in immediate assistance to Nepal, and China is also sending an emergency team. </p> <p>International aid groups are rushing to reach victims in rural villages after communications were cut off by the quake.</p> <p>Google has launched a <a href="http://google.org/personfinder/2015-nepal-earthquake">People Finder</a> search for those looking to check on loved ones.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Help keep children safe in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nepal?src=hash">#Nepal</a>. Text <span class="caps">NEPAL</span> to 70123 to donate £5. T&C: <a href="http://t.co/dFYgyW59HR">http://t.co/dFYgyW59HR</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NepalEarthquake?src=hash">#NepalEarthquake</a> <a href="http://t.co/6AXxDhHjql">pic.twitter.com/6AXxDhHjql</a></p>— Unicef UK (@UNICEF_uk) <a href="https://twitter.com/UNICEF_uk/status/592238633500966912">April 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Incredible slideshow of photos by <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP"><code>AFP</a>&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/robertoindelhi"></code>robertoindelhi</a> at Everest Base Camp w/ <a href="https://twitter.com/akannampilly"><code>akannampilly</a> when <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nepal?src=hash">#Nepal</a> quake hit: <a href="http://t.co/pb4AqOgfkj">http://t.co/pb4AqOgfkj</a></p>&mdash; Sara Hussein (</code>sarahussein) <a href="https://twitter.com/sarahussein/status/592242040232124416">April 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>First Everest avalanche victim named as Google executive <a href="http://t.co/zkY9ql0VHZ">http://t.co/zkY9ql0VHZ</a> <a href="http://t.co/5uHW2TMm4u">pic.twitter.com/5uHW2TMm4u</a></p>— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) <a href="https://twitter.com/Telegraph/status/592240450213281794">April 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The simple ways you can help victims of the Nepal earthquake <a href="http://t.co/sxoB0GGo1s">http://t.co/sxoB0GGo1s</a> <a href="http://t.co/fnqGO3dO1h">pic.twitter.com/fnqGO3dO1h</a></p>— The Independent (@Independent) <a href="https://twitter.com/Independent/status/592239783864328192">April 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>By Seamus Kearney and Joanna Gill.</p>