Hundreds of people were feared killed in Nepal Saturday after a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake ripped through large parts of the country, toppling office blocks and towers in the capital Kathmandu. Officials said that at least 114 people are known to have died in Nepal but that the toll could be many times higher, while casualties were also reported in neighbouring India and Bangladesh. “In Kathmandu, 71 have been reported dead so far,” home ministry spokesman Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said. Another 43 had been reported dead in the nearby Bhaktapur district, he added. While contact with Nepal was sporadic, a senior Nepalese diplomat warned that the final toll could run into many hundreds. The United States Geological Survey and India’s meteorological service said the shallow quake struck 81 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu at 06:11 GMT, with walls crumbling and families racing outside their homes. The quake tore through the middle of highways in the capital and also caused damage to the country’s only international airport. Aftershock tremors could be felt more than two hours after the initial quake.