People search through the rubble at the earthquake-damaged Durbar Square in Kathmandu April 28, 2015. (AFP/PRAKASH MATHEMA)
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The death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake could reach 10,000, the prime minister said Tuesday, as residents frustrated by the government's slow response used their bare hands to dig for signs of their loved ones.International aid has finally begun arriving in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people, three days after Saturday's 7.9 magnitude quake, but disbursement is slow.The head of neighboring India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), one of the first foreign organizations to arrive in Nepal to help in the search and rescue effort, said finding survivors and the bodies of the dead would take time.Many people across Nepal slept in the open for a third night, their homes either flattened or threatened by tremors that spread more fear among a traumatized population.With aid slow to reach many of the most vulnerable, some Nepalis were critical of the government.On Monday, the United States announced an additional $9 million in aid for Nepal, bringing total U.S. disaster funding to $10 million.U.S. and Australian military transport planes carrying search-and-rescue personnel and supplies were headed to Nepal.
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