Kathmandu In Chaos After Massive Saturday Earthquake

April 26, 2015 11:42 AM

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Rescue efforts in Nepal are intensifying today after more than 2,000 people were killed in a devastating earthquake there. The epicenter struck 40 miles east of Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu. It sent people running in panic for open ground in the city. Powerful aftershocks followed today in Nepal and India and Bangladesh. Offers of assistance and aid have come from many countries, including the United States. NPR's international correspondent, Julie McCarthy, has reached Kathmandu this morning. She joins us on the line now. Julie, let's start with what has been described as a very powerful aftershock today.

JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: Well, the scene, Rachel, was straight out of a movie. But, you know, this was unmistakably real life for millions of Nepali's who are desperate for a safe roof over their head. Many of these people, who have been too terrified to sleep in their own homes last night, congregat...

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