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In pictures: Nepal’s devastating earthquake

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Search and rescue efforts are underway in Nepal after a massive earthquake struck near the country's capital Kathmandu on Saturday, taking the lives of thousands and leaving behind a trail of destruction.

The 7.8 magnitude quake is reported to be the most powerful to hit the Himalayan nation in 80 years.

The death toll from the natural disaster rose above 3,200 on Monday and is expected to climb as the full scale of devastation becomes known.

While the majority of fatalities occurred in and around Kathmandu Valley, the quake has also been blamed for deaths on Mount Everest and in India, Tibet and Bangladesh, according to the Associated Press.

Click ahead to take a look at pictures of the aftermath, as residents and aid workers begin to pick up the pieces from the quake.

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