Earthquake devastates Nepal

The recovery and rescue effort continued today as the death toll passed 4,000 and reportedly will climb higher from a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit near Kathmandu on April 25. Nepal’s worst earthquake in 80 years destroyed countless buildings and infrastructure as people struggled to meet basic human needs in the quake’s aftermath.--By Leanne Burden Seidel and Lloyd Young
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Nepalese soldiers carry a wounded man to a waiting Indian air force helicopter as they evacuate victims of Saturday’s earthquake from Trishuli Bazar to Kathmandu airport in Nepal on April 27. The death toll from Nepal's earthquake is expected to rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)
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Local people gather at the top of large mound where once stood a temple to view the scene of devastation in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27 following the massive earthquake that hit the country on April 25. The death toll has passed the 4,000 mark with many more thousands expected. (ABIR ABDULLAH/EPA)
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A man sits with a child on his lap as victims of Saturday’s earthquake, wait for ambulances after being evacuated at the airport in Kathmandu on April 27. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)
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Nepalese carry the body of their relative killed in the recent earthquake for cremation at the Pashupatinath temple, on the banks of Bagmati river, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving some tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. (Manish Swarup/Associated Press)
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A Nepalese man carries a child as he walks past destroyed buildings that collapsed in Saturday’s earthquake, in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)
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Earthquake victims rest on a tarpaulin on the ground outside the overcrowded Dhading hospital, in the aftermath of Saturday's earthquake, in Dhading Besi, Nepal on April 27. (Athit Perawongmetha/EPA)
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Nepalese people affected by the recent earthquake line up to receive food from a non governmental organization, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27. (Manish Swarup/Associated Press)
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Indians fight during a queue for an aircraft back to their country outside Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport a day after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, in Kathmandu on April 26. Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after the earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu Valley, killing more than 4,000 people, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)
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A man stands next to the burning pyre of a family member at a cremation ground in the aftermath of Saturday's earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on April 27. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
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Framed photographs and a clock are seen hanging inside a damaged house after Saturday's earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on April 27. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
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Nepalese rescue personnel help a trapped earthquake survivor (right) as his friend lies dead next to him in Swyambhu, in Kathmandu on April 26. Rescuers in Nepal searched frantically for survivors of a quake that killed more than 4,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base camp. (PRAKASH MATHEMAAFP/Getty Images)
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Nepalese villagers charge their cell phones in an open area in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27. Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)
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Nepalese army personnel search for victims trapped inside collapsed buildings following Saturday's earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on April 27. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)
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Nepalese people make themselves warm while they stay on open ground from fears of earthquake tremors in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)
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Indian schoolgirls offer prayers for the victims of an earthquake in Nepal at a school in Amritsar on April 27. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 4,000 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Hindu man breaks down during a funeral of Saturday’s earthquake victims on the Pashupatinath bank of Bagmati river, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 26. The earthquake centered outside Kathmandu, the capital, was the worst to hit the South Asian nation in over 80 years. It destroyed swaths of the oldest neighborhoods of Kathmandu, and was strong enough to be felt all across parts of India, Bangladesh, China's region of Tibet and Pakistan. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)
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A volunteer uses a metallic plate to search for bodies buried under the debris of one of the temples at Basantapur Durbar Square on April 27 in Kathmandu, Nepal. A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday, and was followed by multiple aftershocks that triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest that buried mountain climbers in their base camps. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed during the earthquake, leaving over 2 thousand dead and many more trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to clear debris and find survivors. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)
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A Nepalese man and woman hold each other in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on April 25. A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of people April 25 as it ripped through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche that hit Everest base camp. (PRAKASH MATHEMAAFP/Getty Images)
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A man looks into his damaged house to recover belongings following Saturday's earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on April 27. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
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An aerial view of tents setup by residents in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27. Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)
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People look on at the devastation after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake flattened parts of Everest Base Camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 4,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base camp. (ROBERTO SCHMIDTAFP/AFP/Getty Images)
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A cloud of snow and debris triggered by an earthquake flies towards Everest Base Camp April 25 moments ahead of flattening part of the camp in the Himalayas. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of the huge quake. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Volunteers work to remove debris at the historic Dharahara tower, a city landmark, after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 25. A strong magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)
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A dead body of a woman is seen after rescue workers recovered it from debris following Saturday's earthquake in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 26. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)
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Family members break down during the cremation of earthquake victims in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 26. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)
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A child peeks out of a hole in a temporary tent in an open ground in Kathmandu after a powerful earthquake followed by strong aftershocks struck Nepal, in Kathmandu on April 27. Rescue workers in Nepal scoured through mounds of rubble for earthquake survivors as the country's official death toll climbed past 4,000 and new tremors sent shocked survivors scurrying outdoors. (NARENDRA SHRESTHA/EPA)
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People sleep as they wait outside the departure terminal at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27 following the April 25 earthquake. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)
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Victims of Saturday's earthquake lie inside an Indian Air Force helicopter as they are evacuated from Trishuli Bazar to the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27. (Jitendra Prakash/Reuters)
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Earthquake injured Nepalese man Suresh Parihar plays with his daughter Sandhya at a hospital, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 26. (Manish Swarup/Associated Press)
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A man climbs on top of debris after buildings collapsed on April 26 in Bhaktapur, Nepal. A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday, and was followed by multiple aftershocks that triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest that buried mountain climbers in their base camps. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed during the earthquake, leaving thousands dead or trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to clear debris and find survivors. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)
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Nepalese residents mourn the death of a relative following an earthquake, at a mass cremation in Kathmandu on April 26. Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts April 26 to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country. (PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Injured people receive treatment outside Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 25. A strong magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)
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Two men help clear debris after buildings collapsed on April 26 in Bhaktapur, Nepal. A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday, and was followed by multiple aftershocks that triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest that buried mountain climbers in their base camps. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed during the earthquake, leaving thousands dead or trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to clear debris and find survivors. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)
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People free a man from the rubble of a destroyed building after an earthquake hit Nepal, in Kathmandu, on April 25. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal destroying buildings in Kathmandu and surrounding areas, with unconfirmed rumours of casualties. The epicentre was 80 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu, United States Geological Survey. Strong tremors were also felt in large areas of northern and eastern India and Bangladesh. (NARENDRA SHRESTHA/EPA)
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A flower is seen amidst the debris of a collapsed house following Saturday's earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal on April 27. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)
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