Aftershocks terrify survivors of quake that killed 2,500

Nepal Earthquake

A man cries during the funeral of his sister, a victim of Saturday’s earthquake, at the Pashupatinath temple, on the banks of Bagmati river, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. The earthquake centered outside Kathmandu, the capital, was the worst to hit the South Asian nation in over 80 years. It destroyed swaths of the oldest neighborhoods of Kathmandu, and was strong enough to be felt all across parts of India, Bangladesh, China’s region of Tibet and Pakistan.(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks on Sunday while digging for survivors in the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation and killed more than 2,500 people.

Acrid, white smoke rose above the nation’s most revered Hindu temple, where dozens of bodies were being cremated at any given time.

Aid groups received the first word from remote mountain villages — reports that suggested many communities perched on mountainsides were devastated or struggling to cope.

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE MAP
Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, triggering an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts. At least 18 people died there and 61 were injured.

With people fearing more quakes, tens of thousands spent the day crowding in the streets and the night sleeping in parks or on a golf course. Others camped in open squares lined by cracked buildings and piles of rubble. Helicopter blades thudded periodically overhead.

Crows screeched as the ground shook with the worst of the aftershocks — magnitude 6.7. Panicked residents raced outdoors.

Nepal authorities said Sunday that at least 2,430 people died in that country alone, not including the 18 dead in the avalanche. Another 61 people died from the quake in India and a few in other neighboring countries.

The earthquake was the worst to hit the South Asian nation in more than 80 years. It destroyed swaths of the oldest neighborhoods of Kathmandu, the capital, and was strong enough to be felt all across parts of India, Bangladesh, China’s region of Tibet and Pakistan.

Nepal’s worst recorded earthquake in 1934 measured 8.0 and all but destroyed the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.

Rescuers aided by international teams spent Sunday digging through rubble of buildings — concrete slabs, bricks, iron beams, wood — to look for survivors. Because the air was filled with chalky concrete dust, many people wore breathing masks or held shawls over their faces.

India suffered its own losses from the quake, with at least 61 people killed there and dozens injured. Sunday’s aftershock was also widely felt in the country, and local news reports said metro trains in New Delhi and Kolkata were briefly shut down when the shaking started.

Other countries sending support on Sunday included the United Arab Emirates, Germany and France.

Report compiled with information from Associated Press.

Photos: Students pray for Nepal

Students light candles, pray and collect funds for people trapped and injured in the Nepal earthquake. (Xinhua)


Search and rescue continues on Mount Everest

Search and rescue efforts are also underway on Mount Everest. At least 18 climbers have lost their lives, including one Chinese national. As CCTV’s John Metherell reports, many climbers and guides are still unaccounted for.

Search and rescue continues on Mount Everest

Search and rescue continues on Mount Everest

Search and rescue efforts are also underway on Mount Everest. At least 18 climbers have lost their lives, including one Chinese national. As CCTV's John Metherell reports, many climbers and guides are still unaccounted for.


At least 20 killed in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region
The quake and its aftershocks also affected some parts of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. At least 20 people have been killed and 55 injured. Rescue work is underway to find four people still missing. CCTV’s Quentin Vigne filed this report.

At least 20 killed in China's Tibet Autonomous Region

At least 20 killed in China's Tibet Autonomous Region

The quake and its aftershocks also affected some parts of China's Tibet Autonomous Region. At least 20 people have been killed and 55 injured. Rescue work is underway to find four people still missing. CCTV's Quentin Vigne filed this report


Kathmandu airport reopens as international aid operation gets underway
Powerful aftershocks are adding to the disarray in Nepal’s capital city. The death toll now exceeds 2,500 people, including those killed in India, Bangladesh, China’s region of Tibet and Pakistan. As CCTV’s Tony Cheng reports from Kathmandu, the airport has reopened, allowing aid to get in and some to get out.

Kathmandu airport reopens as international aid operation gets underway

Kathmandu airport reopens as international aid operation gets underway

Powerful aftershocks are adding to the disarray in Nepal's capital city. The death toll now exceeds 25-hundred people, including those killed in India, Bangladesh, China's region of Tibet and Pakistan. That number is expected to climb as rescue crews reach remote areas, and sift through the rubble. With some 5,000 wounded, hospitals are overwhelmed. Now, some relief is on the way. As CCTV's Tony Cheng reports from Kathmandu, the airport has reopened, allowing aid to get in and some to get out.


Christy Delafield on the Nepal rescue efforts
For more on rescue efforts in Nepal by the international community, CCTV spoke to Christy Delafield, who works for the aid organization Mercy Corps.

Christy Delafield on the Nepal rescue efforts

Christy Delafield on the Nepal rescue efforts

For more on rescue efforts in Nepal by the international community, CCTV spoke to Christy Delafield, who works for the aid organization Mercy Corps.


Relief organizations, countries send aid to Nepal

International aid organizations and several countries are mobilizing aid packages and rescue teams. Some are already on the ground in Nepal. CCTV’s Roee Ruttenberg filed this report.

Relief organizations, countries send aid to Nepal

Relief organizations, countries send aid to Nepal

International aid organizations and several countries are mobilizing aid packages and rescue teams. Some are already on the ground in Nepal. CCTV's Roee Ruttenberg filed this report.


Patrick Fuller on the rescue efforts
For more on the rescue efforts in Nepal. CCTV spoke to Patrick Fuller in Kuala Lumpur. He is a International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies.

Patrick Fuller on the rescue efforts

Patrick Fuller on the rescue efforts

For more on the rescue efforts in Nepal. CCTV spoke to Patrick Fuller in Kuala Lumpur. He is a International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies.