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Huge aftershock hits Nepal and India

A huge aftershock has been felt in Nepal and India following yesterday's deadly earthquake which killed more than 1,800 people.

Rescue teams are continuing to search for survivors after yesterday's devastating earthquake. Credit: Reuters

The United States Geological Survey said the tremor was 6.7 magnitude east of the Nepali capital Kathmandu, the worst-affected area.

The tremor triggered an avalanche in the Himalayas, according to a mountaineer who spoke to Reuters.

Witnesses also reported shaking in New Delhi.

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Nepal quake: Bodies recovered from Everest base camp

Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the base camp on Mount Everest where hundreds of climbers are stranded following an avalanche triggered by the Nepalese earthquake.

Injured climbers have been rescued from Everest. Credit: ITV News

Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the base camp on Mount Everest where hundreds of climbers are stranded following an avalanche triggered by the Nepalese earthquake.

The first injured were helicoptered out in the morning, Romanian climber Alex Gavan tweeted from base camp.

Twenty-two climbers had been ferried to a lower altitude, from where the first 18 would be evacuated to Kathmandu by a heavy helicopter that took off from the capital's airport in the morning after heavy clouds cleared.

US climber John Reiter said dozens of people had suffered critical injuries, many of them with head injuries.

"It's been a rough 18 hours," he told CNN.

Twitter trolls targeted Kym Marsh over son's death

Coronation Street star Kym Marsh has revealed she received abuse online over the death of her baby son.

Kym Marsh has revealed the abuse she received online following the death of her son. Credit: PA

The actress's baby son Archie died when he was born 18 weeks early in 2009.

The 38-year-old said she received a message on Twitter saying: "Remember when your baby died and I laughed?".

She told the Daily Star Sunday: "I've had all sorts on Twitter - death threats, people calling me a home-wrecker. But the worst things someone said was, 'remember when your baby died and I laughed?'".

But Marsh, who plays Michelle Connor in the ITV soap, said she would not be forced to quit the social networking site because she was "too addicted".

"Messages like that are just sick and you have to think they are coming from someone who is not well. It is horrific to have to read something like that but I would never consider quitting Twitter."

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Nepal earthquake: Bad weather hampers Everest rescue

Bad weather had hampered efforts to find survivors on Everest Credit: PA

Seventeen bodies have been recovered at the base camp on Mount Everest after an earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche on the world's highest peak.

The first helicopter took off from Kathmandu on Sunday morning to airlift the injured after flights were delayed by cloudy weather, Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told Reuters. At least 61 people were injured.

The avalanche swept down Everest, burying part of the base camp as climbers gathered near the main route to the summit at the beginning of the climbing season in the deadliest incident on the mountain.

Tourism ministry officials estimated that at least 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners, had been at base camp or on the ascent to the peak when the earthquake struck.

Nick Farr, an Australian climber of The Everest Academy and Trek Climb Ski Nepal, said efforts to find out the situation at base camp were being hindered by poor phone coverage.

"Nothing is being received out of there at the moment," he said.

'Significant' rise in deaths expected as aid efforts begin

The death toll from the huge earthquake that struck Nepal is expected to rise rapidly over the coming days.

More than 1,800 people have been killed in Nepal Credit: Reuters

Saturday's magnitude 7.8 quake was the worst to hit the country in 81 years and caused damage and fatalities in neighbouring countries, including India, Tibet and Bangladesh.

The earthquake hit a heavily-populated area of Nepal, including the capital Kathmandu and its impact spread far beyond the Kathmandu Valley. Strong aftershocks were being felt well into Sunday morning by which time more than 1,800 people were confirmed dead.

"This is a very large earthquake in a significantly populated region with infrastructure that has been damaged in past earthquakes," US Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle said. "Significant fatalities are expected."

Local hospitals continue to fill with injured residents and Kathmandu's international airport is shut down, hampering initial relief efforts in the isolated mountainous country.

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