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Where to look

The Department of Foreign Affairs’ emergency response centre can be reached at 1-800-387-3124.

Canadian citizens should remain in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development through the Registration of Canadians Abroad Service (at travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration) and contact the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi at +91 11 4178 2000, or the 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613 996 8885 (collect calls are accepted where available).

An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

The Canadian Red Cross has set up a Nepal Region Earthquake Fund; donations can be made online at www.redcross.ca or by calling 1-800-418-1111.

The earthquake registered a reported magnitude of 7.9 with its epicentre located 80 km to the northwest of the capital Kathmandu, with nearly 20 aftershocks coming in at up to magnitude 6.7. Nature, the international weekly journal of science, predicts that Nepal could expect more than 30 aftershocks greater than magnitude 5 over the next month.

As of Tuesday, more than 5,000 people are believed to have died in relation to the natural disaster.

Nearly 400 Canadians were registered as being in the country at the time.

Scott Hayes: Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.