Nepal earthquake death toll jumps to 1,805: Home ministry

Nepal earthquake death toll jumps to 1,805: Home ministry
People clear rubble in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on April 25, 2015.

KATHMANDU - The death toll from Nepal's earthquake has jumped to 1,805, a home ministry official said on Sunday.

Nepal has urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck on Saturday.

The official said 4,718 people have been injured in the country's worst quake in 81 years.

Chinese search and rescue team leaves for quake-hit Nepal

By AFP

BEIJING - China on Sunday dispatched a 62-member search and rescue team for Nepal where a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has killed more than 1,200 people, the official news agency Xinhua reported.

The group, including six sniffer dogs and carrying rescue and medical equipment, was set to reach the capital Kathmandu by midday to "carry out humanitarian rescue", the report said.

Forty of the rescuers on board the chartered flight were from the 38th Group Army of the People's Liberation Army.

Governments around the world have offered support to Nepal after the deadly quake on Saturday, the impoverished Himalayan nation's worst disaster in more than 80 years.

Google executive killed in Mount Everest avalanche after quake

By Reuters

Dan Fredinburg, a Google Inc executive based in California, was among those killed on Saturday in an avalanche on Mount Everest caused by a devastating earthquake in Nepal, the company said.

Fredinburg was climbing the world's tallest peak with three other Google employees when the avalanche struck. None of his colleagues were injured, Lawrence You, a company official, said in a statement.

Fredinburg, a Google veteran, was head of privacy at Google X, a research division at the Mountain View, California-based company.

Fredinburg suffered a major head injury during an avalanche, his sister Megan said on social media. "His soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us," she said on an Instagram posting.

Fredinburg, an experienced climber, was making his ascent up Everest with Jagged Globe, a company that organises mountain treks. In confirming Fredinburg's death, the company said that two other team members suffered non-life threatening injuries in the avalanche that struck its base camp.

An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Everest, an army official said. Nepal's Tourism Ministry could only confirm 10 deaths, but a spokesman said that the death toll could rise, and that the avalanche had buried part of the base camp.

Saturday's quake, centred between Nepal's two largest cities Kathmandu and Pokhara, was the strongest to hit the impoverished nation of 28 million people in 81 years and killed nearly 1,400 people.

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