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In pictures: Kathmandu temples collapse after deadly quake

Prakash Mathema, AFP I People clear rubble in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on April 25, 2015.

Several century-old temples in Kathmandu collapsed on Saturday after the Nepalese capital was hit by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 1,400 people.

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The quake struck west Kathmandu, causing buildings to collapse and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said.

The capital’s iconic Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site with century-old palaces and temples, was left in rubble according to pictures posted on social media. The Dharahara Tower, a landmark nine-storey structure built in 1832, also collapsed in the disaster.

The death toll is expected to rise further as rescue services rush to toppled office blocks in the capital.

In pictures: scenes of devastation after deadly Nepal quake

 

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