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Key facts about the Nepal quake

Agence France-Presse

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Key facts about the Nepal quake


Here are some facts, in numbers, about Nepal's worst natural disaster in 80 years

KATHMANDU, Nepal – A 7.8-magnitude quake struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25, flattening large parts of the capital Kathmandu and causing devastation across the impoverished Himalayan nation.

Here are the key facts about Nepal’s worst natural disaster in 80 years.

Death toll


people are known to have died in Nepal alone


were injured


climbers died at Mount Everest base camp when the quake sparked an avalanche


foreigners (2 Americans, an Australian, a Japanese and a Chinese national) were among the victims on the mountain


people were killed in India


lost their lives in China, according to the ministry of civil affairs in Tibet


8 million

are estimated to have been affected, according to the United Nations

1.3 million

children are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN

1.4 million

people require emergency food aid, the World Food Programme says

Dozens of countries from around the world have rushed to pledge money. The most significant sums include:

$15 million

from the UN’s emergency fund

$15 million

total contributed by Britain

$10 million

pledged by the United States

$8.4 million

from Japan, according to local media

$4.7 million

from Australia



houses were estimated to be damaged, based on the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)


houses were destroyed, OCHA said


of health facilities in four districts were severely damaged, the UN agency said


schools were damaged, according to OCHA

$5 billion

, or around 20 percent of the country’s GDP, is estimated to be the reconstruction cost, based on business research IHS


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