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Rescue efforts continue in Nepal's capital.
As night fell Monday in Kathmandu, the city was lacking in nearly every essential supply needed by the survivors of Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake—the worst to hit Nepal since 1934.
Tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes or are afraid to return to them are now sleeping in tent cities set up around the capital. Kathmandu district chief administrator Ek Narayan Aryal reported that the aftershocks have made rescue work challenging, telling the press earlier today that "even the rescuers are scared and running because of them."
Congestion at Kathmandu's airport is slowing down foreign relief efforts, according to the BBC. The government's chief secretary, Lila Mani Poudyal, told the BBC earlier Monday that the country is still in need of "tents, dry goods, blankets, mattresses and 80 different medicines."
While survivors wait for aid to arrive, they're also looking for family and friends who are missing and cremating those who have been found dead. The AP reports that 90 percent of Nepal's army is now involved in search and rescue operations while local authorities are eager to dispose of the dead quickly in hopes of preventing the spread of disease.
Most local businesses are closed, with the Nepalese government declaring a weeklong period of recovery. Currently, some fruit vendors and pharmacies around the capital are open but one vendor told the AP that they're not expecting more shipments for "at least a week."
The death toll from Saturday's earthquake is now estimated to be over 3,800.