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Nepal: Earthquake death toll reaches 4,300-officials


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(By Estera Popowska)

The death following Saturday’s earthquake has reached more than 4,300 people with about 8,000 others injured, officials said Tuesday. According to VOA, local officials fear those numbers could go higher as workers clear away more rubble and access more remote areas.

Meanwhile, Nepalese health officials warned about the risk of disease with a shortage of clean water and so many people crowded together in the open.

Reports say a 7.8 magnitude quake hit 80 kilometers northwest of Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, destroying large parts of the city's historic center. 

According to VOA, the earthquake hit the mountainous region minutes before noon local time on Saturday, destroying historic structures of wood and brick in the ancient capital city.  

According to other  reports, international recue and aid has started moving in to assist Nepal. UNICEF says nearly one million children need the agency's assistance.

BBC reported on Monday that , China, India, Pakistan and Britain are among the countries contributing to the effort, alongside major aid agencies.Nepal has asked for more help, saying it needs everything from helicopters and blankets to paramedics and drivers. (Agencies)