Thai king sends condolences to earthquake-hit Nepal

Thai king sends condolences to earthquake-hit Nepal

His majesty the King has sent a note of condolences to the president of Nepal in the wake of the massive earthquake that killed thousands in the Himalayan country on Saturday.

The Queen and I are deeply distressed by reports of the devastating earthquake, which caused immense loss of human lives, casualties and destruction of cultural heritage and infrastructure in your country," his statement to President Ram Baran Yadav said.

"We wish to extend our sincerest sympathy and condolences to Your Excellency and through you to all those who have suffered loss and bereavement in this natural disaster."

The number of people killed in Nepal by the country's worst earthquake in eight decades had risen to 3,726, a home ministry official said yesterday.

That figure is a jump of 500 from earlier yesterday. Some government officials fear the toll from the 7.8 magnitude quake could rise to 5,000.

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