Nepal has been rattled by its worst earthquakes since 1934. Here are some images and accounts from people on the scene.
A woman sits outside a makeshift shelter in an open ground to keep safe after the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal April 26, 2015, a day after Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake which killed more than 2,400 people and devastated Kathmandu valley. Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS
People survey a site damaged by an earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
A collapsed building is pictured after an earthquake hit, in Kathmandu.
A body of a victim lies trapped in the debris after an earthquake hit, in Kathmandu.
Many roads, highways and tourist attractions are structurally damaged.(Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)
Emergency rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed on April 25, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images.
Parts of rural Nepal may be devastated.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Twenty four hours after Nepal was rattled by a massive earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, more than 3,000 people have lost their lives, and villages, roads, highways and ancient buildings have been devastated. The total economic losses from the damage could be between $1 billion and $10 billion, according to the US Geological Survey’s best estimate.
In all, the destruction could push the economy of Nepal—already one of the world’s poorest countries—back by a decade or more, significantly hurting the small Himalayan nation’s efforts to move from a “Least Developed Country” to a “Developing Country” by 2022.
“Almost 100 quakes in the last 24 hours have pushed us 50 years back to the past, in terms of infrastructural damage alone,” said Mukesh Khanal, an economist who works in the international development sector in Nepal.
Meanwhile, strong aftershocks are continuing to hit the region. At 12.39pm on April 26, another earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hit Nepal, and was felt across parts of northern India.
A woman mourns the death of a family member a day after an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 26, 2015. Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS
Injured people are tended to outside of hospital.
Cracks after the earthquake splitting the road in two.
Nepalese residents sleep in an open area in Kathmandu on April 26, 2015, after an earthquake hit the Kathmandu Valley. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images
People assist in removing debris after earthquake
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.
Victims of the earthquake that hit Nepal yesterday are cremated on April 26, 2015 in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images
Rescue team personnel carry an injured person towards a waiting rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images
People queue up as they wait for an aircraft to evacuate to their country at Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport a day after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 26, 2015. Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/REUTERS
Avalance triggered by the earthquake at mount everest.
Nepalese residents mourn the death of a relative following an earthquake, at a mass cremation at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images
People stand in line to get drinking water.
Nepalese resident Suresh Parihar plays with his 8-month-old daughter Sandhaya as he is treated for injuries sustained in an earthquake
A man runs past damaged houses as aftershocks of an earthquake are felt a day after the earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 26, 2015. Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/REUTERS