LONDON (AP) — As world leaders and global charities try to grasp the scope of an earthquake that devastated tiny, mountainous Nepal, they are preparing emergency aid for the survivors but worrying how to make sure it gets there.
By Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal ramped up efforts on Sunday to rescue people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,800, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. The Nepal government urged nations to send aid and braced for the toll to rise after rescuers overnight were hampered by strong aftershocks, blocked highways and a lack of equipment. Authorities also scrambled to provide shelter in the capital, Kathmandu, for thousands of people who spent the night outside in freezing temperatures and patchy rain, too afraid to return to their damaged homes. Nepal's home ministry put the death toll at 1,805, with about 4,700 injured.
Protesters targeted businesses and smashed police cars in downtown Baltimore as the biggest demonstration yet over the death of a young African-American man in police custody turned violent. More than 1,000 people had joined an orderly 90-minute rally at Baltimore city hall on Saturday, demanding justice for Freddie Gray, 25, who died last Sunday from spinal injuries, a week after his arrest in the city's impoverished west side. Live images from local television news helicopters showed a crowd hurling soda bottles and trash cans at police officers. "Protesters are now breaking windows and throwing items at us," the Baltimore police department confirmed on its Twitter feed.