More than 2,500 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

Rescuers clear debris at Durbar Square after an earthquake with a 7.8 preliminary magnitude shook Kathmandu -- Nepal's capital -- and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley on Saturday, April 25, 2015. (Niranjan Shrestha/AP)

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The official number of dead from Saturday’s Himalayan earthquake has topped 2,500 and may continue to rise as remote areas near the epicenter are searched.

Nepal authorities said Sunday that at least 2,430 people in that country had died in Nepal alone, not including the 18 people that the Nepal Mountaineering Association says died in an earthquake-triggered avalanche on Mount Everest. Another 61 people died from the quake in India and a few in other neighboring countries.

With search and rescue efforts far from over, it was unclear how much the death toll would rise.

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