The death toll from the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal two days ago surged past 3,000 on Monday, a government official said. The desperate search for survivors from the country’s worst natural disaster in more than 80 years continued.
The number of people confirmed dead in Nepal stands at 3,218, said Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs spokesman Laxmi Dhakal. India has reported 56 deaths, and China another 20.
The death toll is expected to climb further as officials get information from the rugged countryside that makes up most of Nepal.
As day broke Monday, Nepal was still in survival mode after suffering a series of aftershocks following the huge initial quake on Saturday.
The damage was everywhere. Stunned residents wandered the streets of Kathmandu, the capital city of roughly 3 million people that’s now the focus of international disaster relief efforts.
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