Nepal’s prime minister on Tuesday said the death toll from the devastating earthquake that rocked the country Saturday could reach 10,000, and the United Nations says that an estimated 8 million people have been affected.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala made the statement to Reuters as he appealed for tents and medicine and ordered rescue efforts to be stepped up. International aid has started arriving in the country.

The death toll from the 7.8-magnitude quake has soared past 4,600 and tens of thousands have been made homeless. Many are sleeping outdoors out of fear of being inside amid aftershocks.

Gautam Rimal, an official in rural Nepal, said 250 people are believed missing following a mudslide and avalanche in the isolated village of Ghodatabela, not far from the epicenter of the quake, the Associated Press reported,

Among those killed are 18 people who died on Mount Everest after the quake triggered an avalanche that buried part of the base camp at the world’s highest mountain. At least 61 people died in India and 25 were reported dead in Tibet as tremors from the quake rippled across the region… see more

source: usatoday