This blog features breaking news about the recent earthquake in Nepal. Check back for updates as coverage of the rescue efforts continues. To find out how you can help the victims, scroll to the bottom of the story for links to rescue groups.
UPDATED 5:30 p.m. Friday - A 7.8-magnitude quake struck Nepal on Saturday April 25, 2015, flattening large parts of the capital Kathmandu and causing devastation across the impoverished Himalayan nation.
Here are the key facts about Nepal's worst natural disaster in 80 years.
6,204 people are known to have died in Nepal alone.
More than 14,000 have been injured across the country.
18 climbers died at Mount Everest base camp when the quake sparked an avalanche.
75 people were killed in India.
The United Nations estimates that 8 million people have been affected.
2.8 million Nepalese were displaced, according to the world body.
More than 3.5 million people are estimated to be in need of food assistance, the UN said.
And UNICEF estimates that 1.7 million children live in the worst-hit areas.
The Nepal Red Cross Society said it had almost exhausted its relief stocks which were sufficient for 19,000 families.
Nepal's government said 130,033 houses had been destroyed, according to the UN.
UPDATED 11:30 a.m. Friday - At Nepal‘s crowded National Trauma Center, overwhelmed doctors make split-second life or death decisions, arranging earthquake victims into order of priority and trying where possible to avoid amputations.
The center, attached to the Nepalese capital's Bir Hospital, is swarming with overworked medics, aid officials and volunteers following Saturday's monster 7.8-magnitude quake that has killed more than 6,200 people.
In the immediate hours after the disaster, some 2,000 people seeking treatment descended on the centre, which has only 150 beds.
"We have faced logistical problems of space and personnel," said the centre's coordinator Thapa Buland.
"We've opened up the halls, and some injured have been sleeping on mattresses on the floor and even outside. The situation has improved a little but now we're facing an influx of casualties arriving from the mountains and districts far from the capital," the doctor added.
Aftershocks and a rugged, mountainous terrain meant it was a couple of days before wounded survivors from remote villages could be airlifted to safety.
Pushpak Kumar Newar of non-governmental organization Handicap International said: "When districts are evacuated and helicopters turn up, there can be 30 victims all arriving at once."
HOW YOU CAN HELP The site Charity Navigator lists seven vetted relief groups that are assisting in aid and recovery efforts. These agencies will be providing food, shelter, medicine, clothing and hygiene items. All received a 3 or 4-star rating from Charity Navigator:
AmeriCares CARE Catholic Relief Services Direct Relief GlobalGiving Save the Children Seva Foundation