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More than 2,500 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An official in Nepal says at least 2,500 people are now confirmed dead in the massive earthquake that hit just outside of Kathmandu.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam gave no further details Sunday.

Saturday's 7.8 magnitude temblor struck Nepal before noon and was most severely felt in the capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley. Aftershocks are rippled through the region Sunday, spreading fear and panic.

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake, which was centered outside Kathmandu, the capital, was the worst to hit the South Asian nation in over 80 years. It destroyed swaths of the oldest neighborhoods of Kathmandu, and was strong enough to be felt all across parts of India, Bangladesh, China's region of Tibet and Pakistan.

The biggest of the aftershocks was magnitude 6.7 and sent people yelling and running for open ground.

Tens of thousands of Nepalese who spent the night under a chilly sky were jolted awake by strong aftershocks Sunday.

"There were at least three big quakes at night and early morning. How can we feel safe? This is never-ending and everyone is scared and worried," said Kathmandu resident Sundar Sah. "I hardly got much sleep. I was waking up every few hours and glad that I was alive."

As day broke, rescuers aided by international teams set out to dig through rubble of buildings -- concrete slabs, bricks, iron beams, wood -- to look for survivors. Most areas were without power and water. The United Nations said hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley were overcrowded, and running out of emergency supplies and space to store corpses.

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