Rescuers search for survivors in the rubbleMore than 7,000 people are now known to have died in the powerful earthquake that hit Nepal at the weekend.
Officials say more than 10,000 people have been injured, some terribly, and it is feared the number of casualties could rise significantly.
According to the United Nations, eight million people – more than a quarter of the country’s population – have been affected by the earthquake.
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Cecilia Keizer, Oxfam country director in Nepal, said, “Communication is currently very difficult. Telephone lines are down and the electricity has been cut off making charging mobile phones difficult.
“The water is also cut off. The number of people killed is continuing to rise. Many of the old houses have been destroyed and at least one large apartment block has come down in Kathmandu.
“People are gathered in their thousands in open spaces and are scared as there have been several aftershocks.”