Nepal earthquake: Kathmandu turns into city of tents as victims seek refuge
Great "tent cities" have risen around the Nepali capital of Kathmandu after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake wreaked Nepal on Saturday.
The worst earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years has killed more than 3,700 people and buildings in the capital have collapsed or have huge cracks in them.
Many of Kathmandu's one million residents have slept in the open since Saturday's quake.
This is because their homes were flattened or they were terrified that aftershocks would bring them crashing down.
The aftershocks have also forced doctors and staff to move hundreds of patients onto the city streets on stretchers and sacks, and lay them on the road outside Kathmandu Medical College, where an improvised operating theatre was set up in a tent.
Outside the National Trauma Centre, hundreds of injured with fractured and bloody limbs lie in tents made from hospital sheets.
Eighteen-year-old Neesha Bhattarai fled her home with her parents, brother and sister for a makeshift tent among up to 4,000 in Tundhikhel, an old parade ground in the centre of Kathmandu. -- ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH
A local park area in the city centre is used by locals for overnight sleeping after they lost their homes in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 27, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA
Nepalese people gather near temporary shelters set up in open areas of an Army ground in Kathmandu on April 27, 2015, two days after the devastating earthquake struck the Himalayan country. -- PHOTO: AFP
Children peek out of a temporary tent in an open ground in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 27, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA
Nepalese patient Sanu Ranjitkar breathes oxygen from a cylinder under a makeshift shelter in Kathmandu on April 27, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Nepalese people rest in their makeshift shelter next to a road in Kathmandu on April 27, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Nepalese people rest in a temporary shelter made by stretching a shelter over a truck, in the open areas of an Army ground in Kathmandu on April 27, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Nepal Army Colonel Prayog Rana (left) giving orders at the Tundhikhel, an old parade ground in the centre of Kathmandu. Refugees living in the tents face shortages of food and water and poor sanitation. -- ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH
A boy prepares to cook food outside a makeshift shelter on open ground after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Family members eat their dinner in front of a makeshift shelter on open ground to keep safe after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Locals sit under a makeshift tent roof in the Bhaktapur area of Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA
Tourists wait outside Kathmandu airport following an earthquake in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Medical personnel treat a Nepalese climber outside a hospital after he wasrescued from an avalanche triggered by an earthquake on Mount Everest, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A Nepalese man talks over the phone inside a tent on the outskirts of Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
A member of the Nepalese army helps to set up a tent in Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
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