Earthquake : Toll mounts to 688 in Nepal, 37 in India

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Volunteers work to remove debris at the historic Dharahara tower, a city landmark, after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. Photo: APA powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing hundreds of people, toppling a 19th-century tower in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and triggering a fatal avalanche on Mount Everest. Watch Video 
There were reports of devastation in outlying areas of the Himalayan country after the quake struck with a magnitude of 7.9, its epicentre 50 miles (80 km) east of Nepal's second largest city, Pokhara.
Here are the LIVE updates: 
6.05 pm: One dead in Indian embassy in Kathmandu
The daughter of an employee of the Indian embassy in Kathmandu died in the massive earthquake in Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday.
"A house in our embassy complex collapsed. Unfortunately, the daughter of our employee Madan has died. His wife's condition is serious," she tweeted.

5.55 pm: Nepal quake death toll reaches 758 - Nepal Home Ministry official
5.45 pm: We have mobilised all resources to support Nepal in the wake of devastating earthquake: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

5.30 pm: 
According to United States Geological survey, death toll may reach 10,000 and GDP losses might reach 50 per cent in aftermath of Nepal earthquake.
5.15 pm: Delhi L-G calls meeting of disaster management agency
To check the city's preparedness in the event of an earthquake, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has called a meeting of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and various other government agencies later this evening as reports emerged of the devastation caused by the high- intensity tremors in Nepal.
Patients wait at the parking lot of Norvic International Hospital after an earthquake hit Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. Photo: AP5.06 pm: Toll mounts to 688
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has risen to 688, a senior home ministry official told Reuters, with 181 people killed in the capital Kathmandu.
The quake measuring 7.9 is the strongest to hit the country in 81 years.
5.04 pm: Nepal death toll reaches 688 - senior Nepal Home Ministry official
5.00 pm: Nepal quake death toll reaches 618 - Nepal Home Ministry official on Indian TV
4.56 pm: NDRF personnel, relief material rushed to Nepal

Indian Air Force's C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft took off from the Hindon airbase near New Delhi carrying NDRF personnel and relief material to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake.
Defence sources said a C-17 Globemaster is being prepared for take off and will be carrying about 40-member strong Rapid Reaction Aero Medical Team and doctors besides relief material to the country after India assured Nepal of all help.

4.45 pm: Nearly 125 Indians stranded in Nepal 

Nearly 125 people from Maharashtra and Telangana are stranded in Nepal. According to officials at the Maharashtra Information Centre in Delhi, around 80 people from Nashik had gone to Nepal for pilgrimage while 15-20 people were on a trekking expedition.
A damaged house in Kathmandu after earthquake. Photo: PTI4.35 pm: Quake avalanche kills 8 at Nepal's Everest Base camp
An avalanche triggered by a deadly earthquake in Nepal buried a part of the base camp for climbers bound for Mount Everest, killing at least eight people, Nepal's tourism ministry said.
"The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas," tourism official Gyanendra Shrestha said.
4.30 pm: Three people dead in West Bengal due to earthquake, says CM Mamata Banerjee
A damaged road after a powerful earthquake in Kathmandu. Photo: PTI4.25 pm: As many as 500 people have been killed in the earthquake, said a Nepalese official in DelhiDeputy Chief of Mission of Nepal High Commission in New Delhi, Krishna Prasad Dhakal, told the media that according to local reports reaching here, at least 500 people have been killed across Nepal.
"We are trying to ascertain the exact number (of casualties)," he said.
He also said that the Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who had gone to Thailand on an official visit, is cutting short his sojourn and coming back immediately.
4.20 pm: Nepal death toll from quake rises to 449, say police
The death toll from a powerful quake that struck Nepal on Saturday has risen to 449, most of it in the Kathmandu Valley, police said.
The quake measuring 7.9 is the strongest to hit the country in 81 years. "The number of dead so far is 449," police deputy inspector general Kamal Singh Bam said.
4.14 pm: 24-hr control room in MEA, Nepal thanks India for assistance
A control room has been set up in Ministry of External Affairs to provide all help and information round the clock. The numbers to the 24-hour Control Room are +91 11 2301 2113, +91 11 2301 4104 and +91 11 2301 7905, an official statement said.
Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh has expressed solidarity with Nepal, saying India stands by it in this hour of distress.
4.00 pm: There are reports of 10-12 casualties in some states but we are awaiting confirmation. Damage to property also reported: Rajnath Singh
Damage due to earthquake in Nepal.3.45 pm: Indian flights to Kathmandu put on hold
Indian Domestic airlines on Saturday put on hold their services to the Nepal capital Kathmandu, following the closure of runway due to a powerful earthquake that rocked central part of the Himalyan country, causing extensive damage to buildings.
All Indian carriers- national airline Air India and private carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet, have put on hold their flight services till they get a go-ahead from the Nepalese aviation authorities.
3.40 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala, assures him all help.

Nepal emergency numbers
 
There was no immediate word on casualties. The quake was 31 km deep.
3:20 pm: 25 people from Hyderabad have been struck in Kathmandu.
3:19 pm: Delhi L-G calls a high level meeting with all the DM's, top police officials, all 3 MCD commissioners on earthquake. Alert has been issued.
3:18 pm: Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu is safe but Dharhara tower collapsed: Nepal Ambassador Deep K Upadhyay
3: 17 pm: MEA opens 24 hour Control Room for queries regarding tragic #NepalEarthquake. Numbers:
+91 11 2301 2113
+91 11 2301 4104
+91 11 2301 7905 
3:17 pm: Second tremor feared.

3:15 pm: Over 110 killed in earthquake: Nepalese Home Ministry.

3:09 pm: Affect is more in Kathmandu valley, request government of India to provide us assistance: Deep K Upadhyay 
3:07 pm: Hospital visuals after injured brought here, railing of a school building collapsed in Malda, West Bengal pic.twitter.com/Zxqk8GRuCv

3:00 pm: #Vanuatu Snapshot: Torba / Penama / Malampa Assessment Team Logistics Plan @UNOCHA_ROP - http://t.co/z2S3l2v3fw pic.twitter.com/YS7TVVtXRG

2:56 pm: In view of the quake, the Indian Air Force has kept on standby its transport aircraft
2:55 pm: Tourists from Gujarat stranded in Nepal. Their kin can contact control room at G'nagar: 079-23251900/902/907/908/914/918 for help. 
2:51 pm: Till now, forecasting about earthquake is not possible, so we can't tell about the possibility of repetition: Surendra Kumar (Director, MET department, Bihar) 
2:49 pm: We could also feel intensity of quake,hv not got any reports from Bihar: Surendra kumar (Dir, MET department, Bihar) pic.twitter.com/XRiGTYSjID

2:43 pm: At least 100 feared dead in Nepal: Dee Kumar Upadhyay, Nepal ambassador to India.


2:32 pm: Visuals from Surat, Gujarat


2:30 pm: Civic polls interrupted due to the earthquake, in Murshidabad (WB). Voters evacuate poll booth.  
2:25 pm: 20 persons injured in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. 
2:22 pm: Reports of avalanche in Everest. Efforts are being made to contact the people trapped. Some mountaineering teams are feared missing.
Efforts being made to contact the people trapped. Some teams feared missing.
According to reports, Camp 1 and Camp 2, which are situated at 18000 feet above sea level, have been affected. 
2:21 pm: Janta Parivar meeting has been postponed: Lalu Yadav


2:18 pm: House collapse in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh #earthquake pic.twitter.com/VEhvNqyQeA


2:15 pm: 2 people have died in Jalpaiguri and 1 person has died in Bettiah (Bihar) due to a wall collapse.
2:13 pm: PM out of country, expect him to return,dont know how many dead, extent of damage: Lokendra Bahadur (former PM Nepal) pic.twitter.com/Y3Me43K9Wc


2:12 pm: People should remain calm, Govt and people have to work together to get out of this: LB Chand (Former PM, Nepal) 
2:10 pm: 20 people have been injured in North Bengal.
2:09 pm: IAF aircraft on standby for rapid response to Nepal as soon request comes in.
2: 08 pm: Two women died in Basantapur village in Barabanki (UP) as wall collapsed following the tremors.
2:08 pm: Many places have been badly affected. I am going to Bihar to give information to PM from field: Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
2:06 pm: Power has been switched off in North Bihar for safety reasons: RP Rudy (incharge of earthquake damage assessment).
2:02 pm: India sends 4 NDRF teams to Nepal. 
2: 01 pm: DM confirms that 2 people have died in Bihar's Darbhanga district and over 10 injured. 
2:00 pm: Visuals from Kathmandu


1:59 pm: We have decided to help the family of those who have died with Rs.2 lakh, and Rs.20,000 for those injured: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav
1:58 pm: At least 50 people trapped in Kathmandu's 19th century tower damaged by quake: Nepal media
1:53 pm: We have asked administration to be alert and help anywhere they can: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav 
1:50 pm: An emergency meeting of National Crisis Management committee headed by Cabinet Secretary called. 
1:45 pm: Government has placed its disaster response agencies on full alert: Rajnath Singh. 
1:44 pm: There is no preliminary report of damage anywhere in India due to quake, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
1:43 pm: Damage in Agra due to earthquake. 


1:42 pm: Cracks in runway at international airport, Kathmandu.


1:37 pm: Damage in India


1:35 pm: Rajnath Singh tweets
1:33 pm:Arvind Kejriwal tweets: Earthquake tremors in Delhi. I appeal to people to maintain calm. Officials out in the field to assess the situation.
1:31 pm: Visuals from Kathmandu
Latest visuals of houses that collapsed due to #earthquake in Anamnagar, Kathmandu. first on #ANI pic.twitter.com/3kFyEutkGS
1:30 pm: Media reports from Nepal say that historical tower Dharahara (similar to Delhi's Qutub Minar) in Kathmandu has collapsed due to earthquake.
1:27 pm: Patients evacuate hospital in Siliguri (West Bengal) due to tremors that were felt #earthquake pic.twitter.com/Mp5a44jwYN


1:24 pm: Amitabh Bachchan tweets


1:23 pm: Houses collapse due to #earthquake in Anamnagar, Kathmandu. pic.twitter.com/ZwxKfxssnr


1:20 pm: India to send relief teams to Nepal. 
1:19 pm: The Centre has placed its disaster response agencies like the NDRF on alert after the news of the earthquake tremors in North India came in: HMO tweet
1:18 pm: PM has taken report of the situation in districts of UP and Bihar that are bordering Nepal. He has also spoken to the Sitamarhi MP. 
1:17 pm: Mobile services hit in Nepal.
1:16 pm: Kathmandu flights diverted to India.

1:15 pm: PM has convened a high-level meeting with Ministers and top officials at 3 pm in the wake of the situation arising due to the Earthquake. 
1:13 pm: Girl, 15, dies in India near Nepal border after 7.9-magnitude quake brings house wall down.
1:06 pm: On instructions of PM Modi all disaster management mechanisms have been activated in districts of Bihar/UP along Nepal border.
1:02 pm: PM Modi has instructed Rajiv Pratap Rudy to take stock of situation in Bihar/UP districts along Nepal border. 
12:58 pm: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav spoke to PM's office and assured all help to needy in case of any emergency in view of the earthquake.
12:57 pm: The PMO has spoken to the Indian Embassy in Bhutan in the wake of the Earthquake. Embassy is in touch with top Bhutan officials as well. 
12:56 pm: Salman Khurshid evacuates his building after tremors were felt in Delhi.


12:55 pm: Buildings evacuated in Varanasi after tremors were felt. 
12:54 pm: Stampede in Kutchery (Varanasi) after #earthquake. People were protesting against Arvind Kejriwal when earthquake hit. More details awaited.


12:53 pm: Information is being collected from all districts, everyone is on the field: CM Nitish Kumar on the #earthquake pic.twitter.com/R0xYVY3Br9


12:50 pm: PM is trying to reach Nepal PM Shri Sushil Koirala, who is abroad. He has spoken to President of Nepal Shri Ram Baran Yadav.


12:46 pm: At least one person was killed when an old building collapsed in the premises of the Indian consulate in Kathmandu when a massive earthquake shook the country on Saturday.
The dead person was a Nepalese national, according to a journalist based in Nepal.
12:36 pm: An aftershock of magnitude 6.6 was also felt: LS Rathore (DG, MET Dept) #earthquake


12:30 pm: "In the wake of the Earthquake, PM has spoken to Sikkim CM Shri Pawan Chamling.


12:26 pm: PM @narendramodi has spoken to Bihar CM Shri @NitishKumarJDU ji in connection with the Earthquake.


12:24 pm: Prayers for people in Nepal. We stand by them in this hour of need tweeted AAP.Besides capital Kathmandu and Besisahar in Lamjung, the cities which were affected include Bharatpur, Pokhara and Kirtipur.
12:23 pm: We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home & in Nepal.


12:20 pm: Massive tremors have been felt in many parts of northern India including Noida, Kolkata and Lucknow.
12:15 pm: Metro services have been halted in Kolkata and tunnel being checked for cracks.
12:09 pm: People across northern India rushed out of their homes and offices on Saturday after strong tremors were felt.
12:05 pm: The quake hit neighbouring Pakistan as well.
Mohammad Shahab, a resident from Lahore, Pakistan, says he was sitting in his office when the earthquake rocked the city.
He says the tremors continued for a while but now the situation is normal in the city.

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