17 Facts To Help You Comprehend The Devastation Of Nepal's Earthquake

Nepal is exhausted and is in desperate need of help. In describing the aftermath of the quake, CNN says "one of the world's most scenic spots became a panorama of devastation in minutes."

1. A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal at midday on Saturday, 25th April 2015. The earthquake epicenter hit 80km northwest of Kathmandu.

Rescue workers remove debris as they search for victims of the earthquake in the city of Bhaktapur found in the east of the Kathmandu Valley.

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2. The initial reported death toll of 1,000 people quickly surpass 3,300 as of 27 April 2015

An elderly woman is accompanied through the street in the Bhaktapur after undergoing treatment for a head injury at one of its remaining hospitals.

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3. At least 6,500 people are reportedly injured, but these numbers are still rising

Nepalis mourn the death of a relative at a mass cremation at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu on April 26, 2015.

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4. For two days, a series of aftershocks continued to shake the country, further traumatizing the people. One aftershock recorded a magnitude of 6.7.

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5. The earthquake and tremors were so powerful it could be felt as far as New Delhi and across parts of Bangladesh, Tibet region of China, and Pakistan. Deaths have been reported in India (60 fatalities) and China (17 fatalities).

Grieving women hold the hands of relatives as they lie beneath a thin white sheet in the city of Kathmandu. Makeshift funeral pyres are being set up across the city.

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6. This is the first earthquake of such devastation to hit central Nepal in 81 years. In 1934, the 8.1 magnitude Nepal-Bihar earthquake killed 10,000 people.

Men ease their way around the ruins of homes in Bhaktapur, scouring the site for any survivors.

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7. The quake triggered several avalanches in the landlocked mountainous country, especially at Mount Everest

Terrifying new video shows the instant a group of climbers on Mount Everest were forced to run for their lives after an avalanche was triggered by the massive earthquake. The video was captured by German Climber Jost Kobusch and posted to YouTube Sunday, showing base camp moments before and after the avalanche that killed at least 18 people on Everest and injured dozens of others.

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8. The snow swept away tents and people. 17 climbers and sherpas have been killed, 37 injured, and dozens still missing at Mount Everest. About 800 people are trapped in the base camp waiting for rescue.

Here, rescuers use a makeshift stretcher to carry an injured person after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake flattened parts of Everest Base Camp

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Rescuers tend to a sherpa injured in the avalanche

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9. In the city, century-old ancient landmarks and temples in the Kathmandu Valley, which were the pride of the nation, were left to rubble. Four of it were Unesco World Heritage sites.

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Before and after: The Dharahara Tower, one of Kathmandu's landmarks built by Nepal's royal rulers in the 1800s was reduced to rubble when the earthquake struck yesterday morning.

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10. In the rural areas, 80% of houses were destroyed

Flattened: Rescuers are now rushing to the rubble to find survivors and bring relief and mountainous region in Nepal which has been badly affected by Saturday's earthquake.

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11. Victims were trapped under metres and metres of rubble. Rescue team had to remove the rubble brick by brick looking for survivors, some of which were pulled out from under dead bodies.

Aid workers use their hands to dig bricks from piles of rubble in Bhaktapur as more relief arrives from neighbouring countries on Sunday.

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12. With people terrified of more earthquakes, tent cities have now sprung up in Kathmandu with many feeling safer shivering in the cold Himalayan mountain air than in buildings

In the capital city, thousands are camping in the streets for fear of more tremors from the earthquake's aftershock. This morning it measured 6.9 on the Richter Scale.

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Tents are seen from an airplane window in an open field next to Tribhuwan International Airport on April 26, 2015, a day after a massive quake in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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13. Hospital workers had to stretch patients out onto the streets and conduct operations under makeshift tents as it was too dangerous to treat them indoors

The wounded are treated outside of Bir Hospital in the capital city of Kathmandu with medics from volunteering charities expected to arrive.

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14. People are already conducting mass cremation for the victims

People burn the bodies of earthquake victims at a mass cremation at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. (PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images

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15. Grief-stricken Nepal is now short on water, electricity, food, and medical supplies

Family members break down during the cremation of earthquake victims in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, April 26, 2015.

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16. The international community has pledged rescue support and millions of dollars in aid packages to Nepal

The international community has also pledged support and aid packages to Nepal. The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said the US will pledge $1m to the aid effort and will also assist with a disaster response team. Australia has also pledged a Aus$5m aid package, while India, Sri Lanka, the UK, China and others are all sending disaster response teams to assist in search and rescue.

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17. Wisma Putra has announced that no Malaysians were injured or killed in the quake. A group of climbers from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) managed to survive the avalanche in Mount Everest.

Dramatic photographs from Everest basecamp in the aftermath of the Nepalese earthquake have emerged. Pictures taken by AFP's South Asia photo chief Roberto Schmidt show an enormous cloud of snow and debris cascading down the mountain as survivors recalled the horrifying moment that disaster struck on Saturday.

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"I ran and it just flattened me. I tried to get up and it flattened me again," Singapore-based marine biologist George Foulsham told AFP at base camp. "I couldn't breathe, I thought I was dead. When I finally stood up, I couldn't believe it passed me over and I was almost untouched."

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