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Nepal's PM: Earthquake death toll 'could rise to 10,000'

The death toll from the devastating earthquake in Nepal could rise to 10,000, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has reportedly told Reuters news agency.

He said the country's government was going "all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing", but said there was an urgent need for tents and medication as he renewed appeals for foreign supplies.

It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal.

– Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister

The current death toll stands at 4,349, with more than 7,000 others injured after the 7.9 magnitude quake hit the country on Saturday.


Footage shows fire-hit community centre in Baltimore

Aerial video footage shows a community building that was under construction engulfed in flames during the riots in Baltimore.

Police reported rioters were setting fire to cars and property around the city.

One group cut one of the fire department's hoses while they were attempting to put out a fire, the force tweeted.

Weather: Changeable day with sunshine and showers

The latest forecast Credit: Met Office

It will be another changeable day with sunshine and showers and a fresh westerly breeze.

The showers will be most frequent in the north, turning heavy at times with hail and thunder, and will be wintry over high ground in the north.

Central and southern parts of England and Wales will be predominantly dry with the most prolonged spells of sunshine, so temperatures could reach a maximum of 14 Celsius in the southeast today.

As we head into the evening, a band of persistent and heavy rain will spread eastwards across Northern Ireland and western Scotland, with some snow over the Scottish mountains.


National Guard take position in Baltimore

National Guard troops are taking their positions in Baltimore after at least 15 officers were injured in riots which broke out after the funeral of a 25-year-old man who died in police custody.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said the troops would be used to hold areas that have been cleared of rioters as police go through the affected areas of the city.

Armoured vehicles have been spotted arriving in Baltimore.

Nepal 'desperate for more foreign expertise'

The big challenge is relief, officials in Nepal said as they called for more countries to send help and medical teams.

People sleep inside a makeshift shelter on open ground in Kathmandu Credit: Reuters

Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudel, Nepal's top bureaucrat, said: "We urge foreign countries to give us special relief materials and medical teams.

"We are really desperate for more foreign expertise to pull through this crisis."

While aid has begun arriving in the capital of Kathmandu, including food, medical supplies, tents and dogs trained for rescue efforts, the authorities are struggling to deliver relief further afield.

A crush at the main international airport, where relief material and rescue teams are flying in while thousands of residents are trying to leave, has slowed the flow of aid.

US Attorney General condemns 'senseless acts of violence'

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch briefs President Barack Obama Credit: White House/Twitter

Newly elected US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has condemned the "senseless acts of violence" in Baltimore.

Earlier she briefed President Obama on the violence, who had also spoken to the Baltimore Mayor, the White House said.

I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers, destruction of property and a shattering of the peace in the city of Baltimore.

I will bring the full resources of the Department of Justice to bear in protecting those under threat, investigating wrongdoing, and securing an end to violence.

– Loretta Lynch

Cars and properties set alight during Baltimore unrest

Rioters set fire to cars and property Credit: Reuters

Rioters continued to set fire to vehicles and property in Baltimore in the wake of the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray earlier.

Fire crews tackle a blaze set by protesters Credit: Reuters
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