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Nepal earthquake: Death toll crosses 700, several injured

KATHMANDU: A strong earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck Nepal on Saturday with tremors being felt in Pakistan and New Delhi.

An earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude, and only 2 km deep, struck east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday causing buildings in the capital Kathmandu to collapse.

The death toll fromthe powerful quake has risen to 700, most of it in the Kathmandu Valley, police said.

A nine-storey tower was also collapsed in Kathmandu following massive earthquake hit the Nepalese capital.

Around hundreds of bodies were taken away from the ruins of the Dharhara tower in the centre of the capital which sustained massive damage when the 7.9 magnitude quake struck at lunchtime, according to an AFP photographer at the scene

At the main hospital in Kathmandu, people with broken limbs and arms were being rushed in for treatment. It was unclear how many people have been injured.

Images posted on social media showed massive cracks in roads and buildings collapsed in Kathmandu.

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