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Nepal quake: Struggle continues to treat injured

The United Nations says more than 1,4 million people need urgent food assistance.

Nepalese rescue members move the body of a victim from the collapsed Darahara Tower in Kathmandu on April 25, 2015. A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, causing massive damage in the capital Kathmandu with strong tremors felt across neighbouring countries. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG/NEPAL - International and local emergency teams in Nepal are battling to treat more than 8,000 people injured during Saturday's earthquake as rescue operations continued on Tuesday.

More than 200 people are still missing following an avalanche in the capital, Kathmandu.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the mountainous region bringing down homes, bridges and other infrastructure.

The death toll stands at more than 4,400 people and rescuers are still struggling to reach countless people trapped in remote areas.

Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed.

The United Nations meanwhile says more than 1,4 million people need urgent food assistance as rescuers race against time to find more survivors.

Teams from around the world have joined in the search on the ground.

The earthquake also caused massive avalanches on Mount Everest resulting in at least 17 deaths.

LISTEN: Predicting earthquakes is difficult.

NEPAL QUAKE VICTIMS STILL STRANDED

People stranded in remote villages and towns across Nepal were still waiting for aid and relief to arrive on Tuesday, four days after the devastating quake.

The government has yet to assess the full scale of the damage wrought the quake.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters the death toll could reach 10,000, as information of damage from far-flung villages and towns has yet to come in.

"The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing," Koirala said. "It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal."

In Jharibar, a village in the hilly Gorkha district of Nepal close to the quake's epicentre, Sunthalia dug for hours in the rubble of her collapsed home on Saturday to recover the bodies of two of her children, a 10-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son.

Another son aged four miraculously survived.

WATCH: Rescuers battling to find survivors.

HUNDREDS KILLED IN LANDSLIDES

In Barpak, further north, rescue helicopters were unable to find a place to land. On Tuesday, soldiers had started to make their way overland, first by bus, then by foot.

Army helicopters also circled over Laprak, another village in the district best known as the home of Gurkha soldiers.

A local health official estimated that 1,600 of the 1,700 houses there had been razed. Helicopters dropped food packets in the hope that survivors could gather them up.

In Sindhupalchowk, about 3.5 hours by road northeast of Kathmandu, the earthquake was followed by landslides, killing 1,182 people and seriously injuring 376. A local official said he feared many more were trapped and more aid was needed.

"There are hundreds of houses where our people have not been able to reach yet," said Krishna Pokharel, the district administrator. "There is a shortage of fuel, the weather is bad and there is not enough help coming in from Kathmandu."

International aid has begun arriving in Nepal, but disbursement has been slow, partly because aftershocks have sporadically closed the airport.

According to the home (interior) ministry, the confirmed death toll stands at 4,358, with more than 8,174 injured.

The United Nations said 8 million people were affected by the quake and that 1.4 million people were in need of food.

Nepal's most deadly quake in 81 years also triggered a huge avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 18 climbers and guides, including four foreigners, the worst single disaster on the world's highest peak.

All the climbers who had been stranded at camps high up on Everest had been flown by helicopters to safety, mountaineers reported on Tuesday.

Up to 250 people were missing after an avalanche hit a village on Tuesday in Rasuwa district, a popular trekking area to the north of Kathmandu, district governor Uddhav Bhattarai said.