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Photos: A rush to help survivors after Nepal’s catastrophic earthquake

More than 1,300 people are now confirmed dead, reports Reuters, in the wake of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake just 77km (about 50 miles) outside of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Fatalities were reported across Nepal, northern India, and Bangladesh. Search-and-rescue efforts are still in early stages, hampered by collapsed buildings and buckled roads, the death toll is expected to rise.

Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport has re-opened to receive emergency supplies, and India has already begun sending relief. Meanwhile, local emergency responders are excavating damaged buildings as quickly as they can, to free any survivors trapped or injured in the debris. Ordinary civilians are also working to help, freelance photographer Thomas Nybo told CNN from Kathmandu:

“A group of mainly tourists started gathering rocks, hammers and pickaxes and breaking through a re-enforced concrete wall to reach this guy…It took about two hours of smashing through wall and cutting rebar with a hacksaw to pull him out alive.”

epa04720159 People search for survivors stuck under the rubble of the landmark Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower, after an earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. At least 700 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, according to the country's Interior Ministry. People were being rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings. Temples have crumbled all over the city, and houses and walls have collapsed.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
The search for survivors stuck under the rubble of the landmark Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower

Although the main hospitals in Kathmandu remain open, they are at full capacity, according to the Red Cross. Less is known about the fate of rural towns and villages outside of Kathmandu. “Roads have been damaged or blocked by landslides and communication lines are down preventing us from reaching local Red Cross branches to get accurate information,” says Jagan Chapagain, IFRC Director for Asia Pacific. “We anticipate that there will be considerable destruction and loss of life.”

Strong aftershocks, which often follow a major earthquake, are likely to pose an immediate threat to survivors in the area.

epa04719923 Members of the Nepalese army rund through a street after an earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. A 7.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal destroying buildings in Kathmandu and surrounding areas, with unconfirmed rumours of casualties. The epicentre was 80 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu, United States Geological Survey. Strong tremors were also felt in large areas of northern and eastern India and Bangladesh.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
Emergency responders in Kathmandu (EPA/Narendra Shrestha)
epa04719920 People search for survivors stuck under the rubble of a destroyed building, after an earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. A 7.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal destroying buildings in Kathmandu and surrounding areas, with unconfirmed rumours of casualties. The epicentre was 80 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu, United States Geological Survey. Strong tremors were also felt in large areas of northern and eastern India and Bangladesh.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
Searching for survivors (EPA/Narendra Shrestha)
epaselect epa04719887 People try to free a man from the rubble of a destroyed building after an earthquake hit Nepal, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. A 7.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal destroying buildings in Kathmandu and surrounding areas, with unconfirmed rumours of casualties. The epicentre was 80 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu, United States Geological Survey. Strong tremors were also felt in large areas of northern and eastern India and Bangladesh.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
People try to free a man from the rubble of a destroyed building (EPA/Narendra Shrestha)
epa04720089 People search for survivors under the rubble of collapsed buuildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square, after an earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. At least around 600 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, according to the country's Interior Ministry. People were being rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings. Temples have crumbled all over the city, and houses and walls have collapsed.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
Temples have crumbled all over the city, and houses and walls have collapsed. (EPA/Narendra Shrestha)
epa04720099 Relatives of a victim react after an earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. At least around 600 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, according to the country's Interior Ministry. People were being rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings. Temples have crumbled all over the city, and houses and walls have collapsed.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
Relatives of the victims (EPA/Narenda Shrestha)
epa04720108 A group of men carry a person on a stretcher after a powerful earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. At least around 600 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, according to the country's Interior Ministry. People were being rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings. Temples have crumbled all over the city, and houses and walls have collapsed.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
A group of men carry a person on a stretcher (EPA/Narenda Shrestha)
epaselect epa04720080 People inspect the damage of the collapsed landmark Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower, after an earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. At least around 600 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, according to the country's Interior Ministry. People were being rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings. Temples have crumbled all over the city, and houses and walls have collapsed.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
The collapsed landmark Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower (EPA/Narenda Shrestha)
The collapsed landmark Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower, after an earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. At least around 600 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, according to the country's Interior Ministry. People were being rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings. Temples have crumbled all over the city, and houses and walls have collapsed.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
What remains of Bhimsen Tower (EPA/Narenda Shrestha)

 

An Indian security personnel stands near a collapsed house after an earthquake in Siliguri, India, April 25, 2015. At least two people were killed on Saturday when the earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck Nepal and parts of northern India, authorities in both countries said. REUTERS/Stringer      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1A7G9
Indian security personnel stands near a collapsed house after an earthquake in Siliguri (EPA/Narendra Shrestha)
People work to rescue trapped people inside a temple in Bashantapur Durbar Square after an earthquake hit, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 25, 2015. The shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, killing more than 100 people, injuring hundreds and leaving a pall over the valley, doctors and witnesses said.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar - RTX1A7M6
Working to rescue trapped people inside a temple in Bashantapur Durbar Square (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)
People wait at a school after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015. The earthquake struck 80 km (50 miles) east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday, about half-way between the town and the capital Kathmandu, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and witnesses said some buildings in Kathmandu had collapsed.? - RTX1A780
People wait at a school in Kathmandu (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)
epaselect epa04720496 People sleep outside on a street a in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015 following a massive earthquake. Hundreds of people died and many more were feared trapped in rubble on 25 April 2015 after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake devastated Nepal's capital and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
Hundreds dead in Nepal earthquake, emergency declared (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)
epa04719936 Dust can be seen over the city during an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. A 7.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal destroying buildings in Kathmandu and surrounding areas, with unconfirmed rumours of casualties. The epicentre was 80 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu, United States Geological Survey. Strong tremors were also felt in large areas of northern and eastern India and Bangladesh.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
Dust rises over Kathmandu (EPA/Narendra Shrestha)

 

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