The earthquake, measured 7.9 in the Richter scale with its epicenter in Lamjung district, leveled many historic and archeologically important sites in Kathmandu Valley, including Dharahara and nine-storey palace in Basantapur durbar square.
The earthquake damaged hundreds of houses in Kathmandu Valley, rending a large number of families homeless.
Hospitals are now teeming with injured people and dead bodies. As aftershocks of the earthquake continue to rattle Kathmandu Valley, thousands of people are now on the streets. Thousands more are staying in open areas like Dasarath Stadium, Tundikhel and Khulamanch.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), 202 deaths have been reported so far. But the death toll could be higher as hundreds more are presumably are under the debris of collapsed houses.
As of 3 p.m., 86 dead bodies have been taken to Bir Hospital and 60 in Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).
Dharahara, a nine storey 61.88 metres (203.0 ft) tall tower at the center of Sundhara in Kathmandu collapsed killing dozens of people who were inside and on its top. According a security man guarding Dharahara, 167 people had bought tickets to climb Dharahara when it collapsed.
— NEPALI TIMES