Pray for these people devastated by one of the worst earthquakes in their history…
At least 876 people are known to have died in a powerful earthquake in Nepal, with many more feared trapped under rubble, officials say.
The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said.
Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh and on Mount Everest.
World’s deadliest recent earthquakes
Iran, 2003: More than 26,000 people killed in 6.6 earthquake near the city of Bam
Indonesia, 2004: Devastating 9.1 earthquake and ensuing tsunami off the Sumatran province of Aceh kills more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries
Pakistani-administered Kashmir, 2005: 7.6 earthquake near Muzafferabad kills about 100,000 people
China, 2008: Nearly 90,000 killed in 7.9 earthquake in eastern Sichuan province
Haiti, 2010: More than 220,000 people killed in 7.0 magnitude earthquake
A national police spokesman told the BBC that 876 people had died in the quake.
Among those wrecked was the landmark Dharahara tower, with many feared trapped in its ruins.
After the earthquake struck, frightened residents came out into the streets. Mobile phones and other communications have been disrupted.
Major historic monuments in the Nepalese capital have been destroyed in the powerful earthquake, eyewitnesses and officials have said.
These include a nine-story tower, temples and some parts of what was once a royal palace, all listed as Unesco world heritage sites.
Pictures posted on social media show some of the monuments have been reduced to rubble.
Eyewitnesses say several others now have cracks and could collapse.
Officials have said some temples and monuments at other world heritage sites near Kathmandu have also been damaged.
These sites are Nepal’s major tourist attractions.
Nepal had lost several such monuments during a major earthquake in 1934.
There are also reports of damage to Kathmandu airport which could hamper relief operations.
With little known about the extent of the damage around the earthquake’s epicentre, there are fears the death toll could rise.
People free a man from the rubble of a destroyed building after an earthquake hit Nepal, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015
Aftershocks continued to ripple through the region hours later.
The quake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least eight people, and another five in Tibet, officials and reports say.
“Running for life from my tent. Unhurt. Many many people up the mountain,” tweeted mountaineer Alex Gavan.