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Death Toll in Nepal Earthquake Rises to Over 1,400

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The death toll in a massive earthquake in Nepal has risen to 1,457, according to the Nepalese Army, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat writes on his Twitter account.

The death toll from the Nepal earthquake of magnitude of 7.9 has risen to 1,457, around 1,055 people are injured, Nepalese Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said on Twitter Saturday.

The minister also added that around 900 homes have been destroyed in the disaster.

The massive earthquake shook Nepal early Saturday. Hundreds of people are feared to be trapped under the collapsed buildings.

Several Indian regions not far from the Nepalese border were affected by the tremors also, with India's Minister of Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju reporting 36 casualties.

Sixteen people in Tibet were killed as a result of the earthquake, while 18 were killed by the avalanches triggered by the disaster on Mount Everest, according to the local media.

A total of more than 6.6 million people reside in areas affected by the disaster, according to the United Nations.

The United Nations also promises relief aid and assistance in search and rescue operations to Nepal.

"The United Nations is supporting the Government of Nepal in coordinating international search and rescue operations and is preparing to mount a major relief effort," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

UN Secretary-General expressed his condolences to the Government of Nepal and the people affected by the calamity.

In his statement, Ban also thanked the countries, which had already provided assistance to Nepal in the aftermath of the disaster.

A number of world nations, including Russia, have already offered Nepal relief aid and efficient rescue teams.

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