At least 54 dead as strong quake rocks northwestern Nepal, and officials say toll expected to rise

KATMANDU, Nepal: A strong earthquake shook northwestern Nepal districts just before midnight Friday, and officials said at least 54 people were dead and dozens more injured as rescuers searched mountain villages.
Officials said early Saturday that the toll was expected to rise, noting that communications were cut off with many places.
The quake, which hit when many people already were asleep in their homes, was felt in India’s capital, New Delhi, more than 800 kilomters (500 miles) away.

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