UPDATE: Nepal quake death toll passes 1,830 – CNN


(Updates death toll)

The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday has risen to at least 1,832, CNN TV reported Sunday morning.

Quoting Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs, CNN said in its breaking news that besides the number of people who died, 4,718 others have been injured.

“It seems probable the number will rise,” given the rescue effort still in its early stages and that people in outlying areas may well have been affected as well,  the report said earlier.

The American news cable service earlier in the morning quoted the home ministry as saying more than 1,400 people have died in the quake, which continued to send tremors to outlying areas around the country of 31 million people. Kathmandu itself has a population of about 1 million.

“Residents, terrorized by a seemingly endless series of aftershocks, huddled in the cold rain overnight for safety. Dozens of bodies were pulled from the nine-story Dharahara tower that came crashing down during the quake. At least 13 bodies were evacuated from a Mount Everest base camp hit by avalanches,” it said.

CNN videos and online photos showed whole streets and squares in the nation’s capital and largest city covered in rubble.

“An estimated 4.6 million people in the region were exposed to tremors from the Nepal, earthquake,”it said, quoting the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs via Twitter.

The quake struck Saturday at 11:56 a.m. on Saturday, Kathmandu time, with the epicenter between Kathmandu and Pokhara.

One person was quoted as saying he felt as if he were on a ship in rough seas.



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