Nepal quake hits already fragile tourism industry

Tourism in Nepal — still reeling from storms that killed nearly two dozen hikers late last year — was dealt another major setback after an earthquake killed more than 1,400 people Saturday. The magnitude-7.8 quake, the country's worst in 80 years, packed hospitals in the capital of Katmandu and triggered avalanches in the Himalayas. At least 10 people were killed on Mount Everest. Tourism is a major source of revenue for the largely agricultural nation, which is one of the world's poorest. Visitors from around the world, particularly India and China, flock to its Buddhist temples, majestic mountain retreats and, for expert climbers, the challenge of scaling Everest.

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