Thousands of Nepalese citizens spent the night outdoors following a devastating earthquake which killed at least 1,900 people.
Mountaineering officials say the quake triggered avalanches which killed at least 17 people on Mount Everest - in the worst ever disaster on the peak.
Here are the latest developments (27/April/2015)
"India is with Nepal in this hour of crisis... rescue operations are a priority," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today in his monthly radio-address Mann ki Baat. He is monitoring the rescue operation, the status of which was discussed at a review meet this afternoon.
So far, over 1300 Indians have been brought back from Nepal through defence and civilian aircraft. India will press into service 35 buses also to bring people back, foreign secretary S Jaishankar told the media.
But the rescue operations were hampered today by an aftershock that measured 6.7 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the quake was Kodari, 80 km east of Kathmandu near China border, said the US Geological Survey.
Following the aftershock, Kathmandu's Tribhuban airport was shut down for over two hours and the Air Traffic Control personnel were evacuated.
The tremors were felt in India. It was more pronounced in Bihar, which, at 51 deaths, has suffered the maximum casualty. The metro rail services in Delhi and Kolkata were suspended for a while.
In the evening, defence aircraft carrying relief material were authorised to use the Tribhuban airport.
An under-14 girls' football team from India, which was stranded in Kathmandu, has also been evacuated. The girls have reached Delhi.
Five flights - defence and civilian - landed in Kathmandu from Delhi today, carrying an engineering task force, medical contingent, two tons of medical supplies and three more NDRF teams.
The Ministry of External Affairs has set up a 24-hour control room. Indians stranded in Kathmandu who want to get in touch with their families in India can contact the embassy in Kathmandu email@example.com.
Over 700 have died in Kathmandu, the police said, in what was the strongest earthquake to hit the Himalayan nation in 80 years. Two Indians are among those killed, reports news agency Press Trust of India.
“It’s a very desperate situation,” a spokesman for Nepal’s national police, Kamal Singh Bam, said Sunday. “The death toll is very high and it will go up even more. Rescue operations are slow because we don’t have all the proper facilities.”
The scale of the disaster poses a major challenge for the government of Nepal, one of the world’s poorest and least-developed countries. It also delivered a significant blow to the small nation’s already slow-growing economy.
“It will take many months just to get back to normalcy,” said Krishna Prasad Dhakal, deputy chief of mission at Nepal’s embassy in New Delhi.
A large, 6.7-magnitude aftershock—strong enough to shake buildings 700 miles away in the Indian capital, New Delhi—hit Sunday afternoon, sowing panic and causing more destruction and injury, police and witnesses said.
Fear of further temblors kept many people outdoors in Katmandu and the surrounding valley, home to more than 2.5 million people, despite rain Sunday night.
Dozens of patients slept in makeshift tents pitched in front of the Om Hospital and Research Centre in Katmandu. “I wanted to come out here because we feared the quake would repeat,” said Hyat Mohammad, who suffered a broken hip.
Uddav Timilsina, chief district officer of Gorkha, near the quake’s epicenter, said Sunday that thousands of homes were destroyed and 80% of schools razed. He said 500 police and soldiers were hunting for survivors and recovering bodies of the dead.
“We are getting reports that 10 people are missing here, 50 people are missing there,” Mr. Timilsina said. “But it is very, very difficult to say what is actually the situation on the ground.”
He said large parts of his district, particularly those in remote and mountainous areas, remained cut off. Landslides, which Mr. Timilsina said continued Sunday morning, blocked roads and endangered rescue teams.
World Vision calls itself a Christian organization that helps bring children out of poverty, and tries to build communities with its relief work. The organization already has a presence in Nepal.
Donate to support World Vision's relief efforts in Nepal, here.
Oxfam is an international organization dedicated to fighting poverty. It also has a presence in Nepal.
Donate to Oxfam's relief efforts in Nepal, here.
CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) is a large humanitarian organization, again with a presence in Nepal. Visiting its website will take you to a page where you can donate to CARE's relief efforts in the country.
Save the Children
Save the Children, an organization dedicated to helping children in 120 nations, also has a network in Nepal.
Donate to its relief efforts in the country, here.
UNICEF, which works to ensure that every child has a safe and healthy childhood, is on the ground in Nepal aiding children and families. Donate to UNICEF's relief efforts online. In addition, you can automatically donate $10 by texting "Nepal" to 864233 (UNICEF).
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services describes itself as "the official humanitarian agency" of the Catholic community in the U.S., and says it provides assistance to people in 101 countries. The organization has sent a dozen emergency workers to Kathmandu.
Donate to its relief efforts in Nepal, here.
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