US sending disaster response team, $1 million aid to Nepal

(AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)
The historic Dharahara tower, a city landmark, stands destroyed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is sending a disaster response team and $1 million in aid to Nepal following a devastating earthquake.

The White House and Secretary of State John Kerry are offering condolences along with pledging the support.

The magnitude 7.8 quake outside the capital, Kathmandu, killed more than 1,100 people in Nepal and at least 50 others in neighboring countries.

Kerry says in a statement that the United States stands with the people of Nepal and sends heartfelt sympathies.

He says USAID is preparing to deploy the disaster assistance response team and is activating an urban search and rescue team.

National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says the U.S. stands ready to provide further assistance in the region.

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