Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Ramechhap are the most affected parts of the country. In these areas, many families live in fragile and vulnerable homes with outer walls and foundations constructed from poor quality materials.
It is estimated that over 600,000 houses have been damaged and that up to 2.8 million people have been displaced by the earthquake. In some areas near the epicentre, estimates suggest that as many as 80% of the shelters have been destroyed or severely damaged.
Swetchnya Tamraker recounts the terrifying moment when earthquake struck: