Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
 / Updated  / Source: NBC News

As the death toll from the earthquake in Nepal surpassed 5,000 on Tuesday, many survivors spent a fourth excruciating night sleeping on the streets.

Rain soaked those who had decided to sleep outside for fear of aftershocks toppling more buildings, and those who had no shelter to which they could return after Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake.

The Red Cross has distributed 1,200 tarps, but the organization and aid groups from 12 other countries are having trouble assessing what survivors need because some are cut off from communication. The rainfall Tuesday made matters worse.

IN-DEPTH

— Ian Williams and Elisha Fieldstadt