The recovery and rescue effort continued today as the death toll passed 4,000 and reportedly will climb higher from a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit near Kathmandu on April 25. Nepal’s worst earthquake in 80 years destroyed countless buildings and infrastructure as people struggled to meet basic human needs in the quake’s aftermath.

By Leanne Burden Seidel and Lloyd Young

Nepalese soldiers carry a wounded man to a waiting Indian air force helicopter as they evacuate victims of Saturday’s earthquake from Trishuli Bazar to Kathmandu airport in Nepal on April 27. The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake is expected to rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.

(Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)