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Nepal Earthquake: Death toll could rise over 10,000 PM says

Nepal’s Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala, announced that the death toll could reach 10,000 people from the devastating earthquake that hit on Saturday. 

Residents frustrated by the government's slow response are using their bare hands to dig for signs of their loved ones.

"The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing," Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters. "It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal."

International aid has finally begun arriving in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people, three days after Saturday's 7.9 magnitude quake, but disbursement is slow. According to the home (interior) ministry, the confirmed death toll stands at 4,349, with more than 7,000 injured.

So far, the United Nations has said that 8 million people were affected by the quake and that 1.4 million people were in need of food.

Source: Reuters
 

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