Heartbreaking Photos Of Nepal Mourning Thousands Of Earthquake Victims

04/26/2015 01:25 pm ET | Updated Apr 27, 2015

Nepal on Sunday was left reeling in shock a day after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused widespread destruction across the Himalayan nation and claimed over 2,500 lives.

The earthquake reduced whole neighborhoods to rubble and sent deadly tremors throughout the region, including in Pakistan, India, Tibet and Bangladesh. Rescuers were unable to reach remote Nepali villages near the quake's epicenter, and aid agencies warned the full extent of death and destruction was just beginning to emerge.

As strong aftershocks shook Nepal for a second day, the country's hospitals were overflowing with the dead and wounded. Search teams continued to scour the wreckage for survivors, and hundreds of victims were laid to rest in traditional cremation ceremonies. Grieving relatives flooded the famed Hindu Pashupatinath Temple on the outskirts of the capital Kathmandu to take part in mass funerals.

"Our country is in a moment of crisis and we will require tremendous support and aid," Nepali information minister Minendra Rijal told Indian TV.

Take a look at powerful photos of the aftermath of the earthquake, and see below for ways to help.

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Krishna Bhakta Koju (center) breaks down at the cremation of his daughter in Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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People burn the bodies of earthquake victims at a mass cremation at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. (PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Family members break down during the cremation of earthquake victims in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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Nepalis mourn the death of a relative at a mass cremation at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. (PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Nepalese novice Buddhist monks offer prayers for earthquake victims at the Bodhgaya Mahabodhi Temple in the Indian town of Bodhgaya on April 26, 2015. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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A man cries during the funeral of his sister at the Pashupatinath Temple, on the banks of Bagmati River in Kathmandu, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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Relatives pray for victims of the earthquake that hit Nepal the day before in a hospital on April 26, 2015, in Bhaktapur, Nepal. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)

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A Hindu man breaks down during a funeral for Saturday's earthquake victims on the Pashupatinath bank of Bagmati River, in Kathmandu, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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