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Fairfield, Conn. (April 25, 2015) — A powerful (7.5 - 7.9 magnitude, reports vary) earthquake has hit Nepal this morning, leaving at least 150 people confirmed dead. In India, there have been some casualties in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
The epicentre of the massive quake was 80km (50 miles) east of Pokhara, approximately half way between the town and the capital Kathmandu.
Strong tremors have been felt as far away as Delhi.
Initial reports indicate significant damage, with many buildings collapsing and casualties being rushed to hospital. There is a high prospect of significant damage and fatalities, with children and the elderly most at risk.
Government emergency workers are reportedly already on the scene in the most damaged areas. Save the Children teams on the ground are coordinating an emergency response.
Save the Children has been working in Nepal since 1976. Our work focuses on education, especially early childhood development and primary education, as well as basic health, including maternal child health and HIV and AIDS prevention and care. We work in 63 districts of Nepal.
USA Phil Carroll, MPH Director, Media & Communications Save the Children USA Mobile: +1-267-992-6356
INDIA Devendra Singh Tak, Country Director, Save the Children India Phone: +91 9811168488