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April 27, 2015

Aid Groups Scramble to Reach Victims of Nepal Earthquake

Relief workers are struggling to get aid into Nepal and distribute it as the death toll from Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake climbed to more than 3,700 Monday, the Associated Press reports. The toll of dead and injured is expected to rise as rescuers and humanitarian groups reach remote mountain villages where damage is thought to be greater than in the capital of Katmandu.

Continuing aftershocks and crippled water, power, and transportation systems are hampering efforts to get help to victims of the South Asian nation's worst earthquake since 1934, which has left thousands injured and tens of thousands homeless, according to The New York Times. Katmandu's densely crowded conditions are making it difficult to find shelter space for the displaced, and Unicef said nearly 1 million children have been "severely affected" by the disaster.

"We're just gearing up," said Roger Hodgson, Save the Children's deputy country director in Nepal. "People have been resilient. But it's been difficult to get people and supplies into the country, especially to rural areas far from Katmandu."