More than 2,300 dead following massive earthquake, death toll rising

Posted at 9:41 AM, Apr 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-26 09:41:41-04


NEPAL–More than 2,300 people are confirmed dead following the massive earthquake Saturday, and United Nations officials said that number will likely continue rising.

In Nepal, Home Affairs spokespeople said the death toll is at a little more than 2,200. However, there were also victims in Tibet and India, according to officials from those countries, bringing the total up even higher. More than 4,600 have been injured, another number officials said will rise as more injuries are reported.

On Sunday, a powerful aftershock struck Nepal, estimated as a magnitude 6.7 by the U.S. Geological Survey. Although considerably weaker than the previous hit of a 7.8 magnitude a day earlier, it created more panic within the nation.

The epicenter of the original quake was 50 miles northwest of the country’s capital, Kathmandu. Sunday’s occurred closer to Mount Everest, where climbers said at least 17 people were killed the day before.

For now, rescuers work with residents in the country, searching for survivors. Meanwhile, many have been forced to camp outside due to the devastation left by the tremors.

CNN contributed to this report.