The earthquake has reportedly caused extensive damage in the capital Kathmandu, bringing down buildings and walls. The death toll is expected to climb through the morning, as rescuers can go building-to-building. The city’s iconic nine-story Dharahara tower was destroyed in the quake, killing at least one. At least 50 people were believed to be trapped under the rubble of the 19th Century building, also known as the Bhimsen Tower.
It was a pretty massive earthquake here, the strongest I’ve ever felt in my life.
Photojournalist Nayantara, who is in Pokhara, speaking to Sky News
Dozens of people with injuries have been brought to the densely-populated city’s main hospital. Nepal’s Information Minister Minendra Rijal has told India’s NDTV station that rescue teams are at the scene. The quake’s epicenter was 50 miles east of the central city of Pokhara, close to the capital, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Residents have been warned to stay outdoors, with more aftershocks feared. Strong tremors were also felt as far away as Pakistan and Bangladesh.
We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home & in Nepal.
Narendra Modi, India Prime Minister, in a tweet