A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake, reportedly the worst in Nepal in the past 81 years, struck April 25. It toppled buildings in the capital of Kathmandu and in Nepal’s second-largest city of Pokhara, and in many outlying villages. The death toll, which is still rising as rescue workers reach more areas, is believed to exceed 3,100. Thousands of people were injured and hospitals are facing difficulties providing care. Many people are camping outside of their houses, fearing aftershocks that can topple unstable buildings. Information from districts outside of the Kathmandu Valley is still very limited.
Deaths also occurred in China, Bangladesh and India, and the earthquake triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 6.2 million people live within 60 miles of the epicenter, of whom over 2 million are children.