Nepal death toll from quake rises to 449 - police

by Reuters
Saturday, 25 April 2015 10:37 GMT

People survey a site damaged by an earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015. The shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, killing more than 100 people, injuring hundreds and leaving a pall over the valley, doctors and witnesses said. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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KATHMANDU, April 25 (Reuters) - 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.

(Reporting by Gopal Sharma; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Douglas Busvine)

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