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Over 100 tourists, pilgrims feared dead in Nepal

Nearly 125 tourists and pilgrims from India are stranded in Nepal after a high-magnitude earthquake struck the nation.

Nepal’s deputy Prime Minister, Bamdev Gautam, has declared a state of emergency and appealed for humanitarian assistance across the region as death toll from 7.8-magnitude earthquake nears 1,500.

The earthquake near Kathmandu triggered avalanches in Mount Everest claiming 13 lives.

Search and rescue operations are underway and hospitals in the capital have been swamped with patients. Medicines and supplies are expected to be used up quickly. Communications with the region are limited.

Kathmandu Airport in Nepal resumes operations. The first rescue and relief planes have arrived. US Embassy, International Medical Corps responding with help for Nepal. India has already started relief operations in Nepal, sending disaster management personnel, doctors and material.

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