Nepal earthquake death toll rises to more than 5,000

Posted at 9:09 AM, Apr 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-28 09:27:17-04

More than 5,050 people are dead following a catastrophic earthquake that hit the country of Nepal on April 25, according to a tally released by officials Tuesday morning.

The quake measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale. More than 400,000 people are displaced, and aftershocks continued to rock the region in the days following the original quake.

The National Emergency Operation Center in Nepal is using its twitter account, @NEoCOfficial, to update the public with death toll information.

In the U.S., Time Warner Cable announced Tuesday is is providing free phone calls to customers attempting to reach landline and mobile numbers in Nepal. Calls are free through May 25, 2015.

“Our thoughts are with those who have loved ones in Nepal and surrounding areas impacted by the devastating earthquake on April 25,” said Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Rob Marcus. “Being able to connect with family and friends is crucial during this time and, we hope, will bring some comfort and peace of mind.”