Relief on way as Nepal quake disaster death toll rises to 1,950

An Israeli flight carrying doctors, paramedics, medical supplies and baby food takes off Sunday for Nepal where the death toll from the powerful 7.9 magnitude quake that struck the Kathmandu valley continues to rise. Rescuers continue to dig for bodies in the rubble of buildings. Many spent the night outdoors in the freezing cold in fear of after-shocks. A second flight is due to evacuate hundreds of Israelis standing by to fly out when the international airport opens for traffic. An unknown number may still be trapped on the Everest slopes. Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the Mount Everest base camp that was hit by a snow avalanche triggered by the quake. Helicopters took off early Sunday fro Kathmandu to airlift the 61 injured from the camp.

Neighboring India, where 44 people were reported killed in the quake and its aftershocks, sent military aircraft to Nepal with medical equipment and relief teams. It also dispatched 285 members of its National Disaster Response Force. In Tibet, the death toll climbed to 17, according to China's state news agency, Xinhua.

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