Spokesperson for Govt of Nepal Said:
“We are facing a tremendous crisis here and it is hard to even assess what the death toll and the extent of damage could be,” said Mohan Krishna Sapkota, a second tourism official. The trekkers are scattered all around the base camp and some had even trekked further up. It is almost impossible to get in touch with anyone.”
A Nepalese home ministry official said 467 people had been killed in the Kathmandu Valley.
The Nepali government has declared a state of emergency in the affected districts
Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam has appealed for international humanitarian assistance.
The death toll has now climbed to 758 people, across four countries.
Indian prime minister Modi has ordered an immediate dispatch of relief and medical teams to Nepal, and the evacuation of Indian tourists.
Meanwhile, Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has offered “all possible help” that Nepal may need after the earthquake.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force early Saturday.
Dharhara tower collapses
The ancient Dharhara tower – which is one of the most prominent buildings to have collapsed in the heart of Kathmandu’s historic old city – was one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions.
The white nine-storey tower was once the place where kings were once crowned. It featured a bronze minaret and a spiral staircase of over 200 steps, leading to a small shrine to the Hindu god Shiva.
-Everest many sources confirm 8 died in base camp (adrian Ballinger as tweeted), around 40 injured.