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Death toll continues to rise in aftermath of Nepal quake

A 7.8 richter earthquake took thousands of live in Nepal this weekend, and as the search for survivors continues the death toll continues to rise, now at almost 3,700, the situation is looking more and more devastating.

So far 3,617 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, the police said.

More than 6,500 people have been injured, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre.

Many also died in the neighbouring China and India, according to reports.

More than 200 climbers have been rescued around Mount Everest, which was struck by deadly avalanches in the 7.8 magnitude quake.

Vast tent cities have sprung up in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, for those displaced or afraid to return to their homes as strong aftershocks continued. Thousands spent Sunday night, their second night outside.

Officials have warned that the number of casualties could rise as rescue teams reach remote mountainous areas of western Nepal.

Initial reports suggest that many communities, especially those close to mountainsides, suffered significant quake damage.

Source: BBC