Nepal earthquake:1800 have died in Nepal quake

Nepal earthquake:1800 have died in Nepal quake

Nepal earthquake:

Rescue effort intensifies

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Emergency rescue workers carry a quake victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed in Kathmandu (25 April 2015)
There are fears the death toll could rise yet further

Rescue efforts in Nepal are intensifying after more than 1,800 people were killed in the country's worst earthquake in more than 80 years.

Many countries and international charities have offered aid to Nepal to deal with the disaster.

Seventeen people have killed on Mount Everest by avalanches - the mountain's worst-ever disaster.

Officials fear that the death toll could rise as the desperate search for survivors continues.

The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area of central Nepal between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara on Saturday morning.

The latest home ministry figures say 1,805 people were killed and 4,718 people were injured.

There were also victims in India, Bangladesh, in the Chinese region of Tibet and on Mount Everest, where avalanches were triggered.

Little information has emerged from the epicentre, where extensive damage has been reported, and there are fears the death toll could rise yet further.

It is the worst earthquake to strike Nepal since one in 1934 which killed some 8,500 people.

'Moment of crisis'

"We have launched a massive rescue and rehabilitation action plan and lots needs to be done," Information and Broadcasting Minister Minendra Rijal told Indian television.

Flowers are left by survivors on top of debris from a collapsed building at Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu (25 April 2015)
Some buildings in Kathmandu were razed to the ground in the quake
American search and rescue team member prepares from deployment to Nepal (25 April 2015)
US search and rescue teams are preparing for deployment across Nepal
An ambulance drives next to a damaged power pylon after an earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu (25 April 2015)
Hospitals across the country are struggling to cope with the high number of dead and injured

"Our country is in a moment of crisis and we will require tremendous support and aid."

World leaders and global charities have offered emergency aid to Nepal, as the government grapples with the scale of the disaster.

Its task is made harder because internet and mobile phone communications are erratic, with many roads closed due to quake damage.

The United States, China, Pakistan and European Union countries are among those who have pledged aid.

The US Embassy in Nepal pledged $1m (£660,000) in initial aid while the US Agency for International Development sent an urban search and rescue team.

"We are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support,'' said Secretary of State John Kerry.

China on Sunday dispatched a 62-member search and rescue team.

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Kathmandu's landmark Dharahara tower before and after the earthquake
Kathmandu's landmark Dharahara tower before and after the earthquake

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