Nepal: Snapshots From a Devastated Nation

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A rescuer (right) helps victims at Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Kathmandu, in the aftermath of the earthquake, April 25, 2015. [AFP]


People at a Mount Everest base camp survey the devastation from a deadly avalanche triggered by the earthquake, April 25, 2015. [AFP]


A Nepalese woman sits near buildings in Kathmandhu that were destroyed by the earthquake, April 26, 2015. [AFP]


Nepalese rescue personnel help an earthquake survivor (center-right) trapped alongside a dead man in Kathmandu, April 26, 2015. [AFP]


People burn the bodies of earthquake victims at a mass cremation in Kathmandu, April 26, 2015. [AFP]


Nepalese mourn the death of a relative – one of the quake’s victims – at a mass cremation in Kathmandu, April 26, 2015. [AFP]


Nepalese resident Gaya Ram reacts as police retrieve the body of his daughter Prasamsah, 14, during rescue efforts in Balaju, Kathmandu, April 27, 2015. [AFP]


Nepalese and Chinese students gather at Nanhua University in Hengyang, in central China’s Hunan province, to pray for Nepal. [AFP]

Nepal is reeling from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck April 25 near Lamjung, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Kathmandu. By late Monday, the death toll from the temblor had reached 4,010 people, according to the government of Nepal, with scores more killed in India and Bangladesh. Thousands of others were injured, and authorities in Nepal expected the death toll to climb sharply once rescue teams reached cut-off areas.

The quake, the biggest to hit in Nepal in 81 years, devastated neighborhoods and destroyed some of Nepal’s cultural treasures, such as Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It also unleashed an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 18 people at base camp.


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