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Nepal Earthquake Death Toll Reaches 3,700, Over 6,500 Injured

© REUTERS / Navesh ChitrakarEarthquake in Nepal
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The death toll from a major earthquake in Nepal has risen to 3,726.

At least 3,726 people have been killed in Saturday's earthquake, including 1,302 in the Kathmandu Valley alone, Nepalese police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam said Monday.

Earlier, Nepal Home Ministry's national disaster management division chief Rameshwor Dangal reported Monday that the official death toll from a major earthquake in Nepal which had stricken the country on Saturday, surged to 3,500.

"The death toll has reached 3,218 and over 6,500 are injured," Nepal Home Ministry's national disaster management division chief Rameshwor Dangal was quoted as saying by AFP earlier.

The 7.8 magnitude quake occurred Saturday morning around 51 miles northwest of Kathmandu, causing extreme massive damage in the region. The disaster triggered avalanches on Mount Everest, as well as tremors and resulted in casualties in neighbouring areas of India, Bangladesh and China.

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More than 6.6 million people reside in areas affected by the earthquake, according to the United Nations.

Among victims of the disaster are tourists from the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada and India.

Several countries have offered assistance to Nepal following the natural disaster. India already sent several rescue teams to the affected region. The Russian emergencies ministry stated earlier Sunday that it would send teams of rescuers, doctors and psychologists to the earthquake-stricken country.

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