Quake relief efforts continued, but officials warned that they were hampered by problems of getting aid into the country and then delivering it to some of the remote communities in desperate need in the Himalayan nation.

Landslides in remote mountainous areas around the epicentre of the quake hampered rescue and relief teams.

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A government spokesman said that helicopters had been dropping tents, dry food and medicine to remote villages but they were yet to reach many isolated communities.

When helicopters managed to land, they are often mobbed by villagers pleading for food and water, or to be evacuated.Nepal has declared three days of mourning for the victims of Saturday's earthquake.

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The rescuers gave yet to reach some of the worst-hit villages in Gorkha, Dhading, Sindhupalchok, Kavre and Nuwakot, among other districts.Nepalese riot police battled to contain anger among survivors of an earthquake.

Scores of people displaced after the quake were compelled to stay under the open sky as their homes had either been wrecked or were feared to be on the verge of collapse.

Rescue teams from a number of countries, including India are helping in relief efforts.

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Despite their efforts to reach affected areas, relief works have been held back by the lack of coordination among the authorities, and the problem has exacerbated due to bad weather and geographical hindrances.

The official death toll was put on 5,057 and the Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said it could reach 10,000. But the extent of the destruction and loss of life in the countryside remained largely unknown.

Over 8,000 people have been injured while the UN estimate that eight million people have been affected by the worst quake in Nepal in 80 years.

Nepal desperately needs tents, water and food supplies, Koirala told an all party meeting yesterday briefing the leaders on efforts to rush emergency supplies to those in need.

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Till now, 15 Indians have died in the earthquake.

Two Indian doctors, whose bodies have been recovered from under the debris yesterday have been identified as Deepak Kumar Thomas and Ershad A S. The Indian Embassy here is making necessary arrangements to send their bodies back home.

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