Nepal quake death toll rises to 5,006
Local volunteers from the Bhaktapur district Red Cross chapter walk past damaged buildings following an earthquake in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal - REUTERS

KATHMANDU: The number of people killed in Nepal by the Himalayan country’s worst earthquake in eight decades has risen to 5,006, a home ministry official said on Wednesday.

That number represented a jump of 300 from earlier on Wednesday. Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters on Tuesday the toll from the 7.9 magnitude quake could reach 10,000.

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