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SAN DIEGO -- A team of Scripps Health doctors, nurses and support staff departed Friday for earthquake-stricken Nepal for a stay of around three weeks.

The five-member contingent will work for the International Medical Corps in a mobile field hospital, according to Scripps Health.

The Himalayan nation was struck by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck on Saturday -- Friday night in San Diego -- near the capital of Kathmandu. The death toll has climbed past 6,100 and could end up much higher, authorities said.

Three San Diego-based relief agencies are also providing help for victims of the quake.

International Relief Teams said its first shipment of antibiotics, analgesics, bandages and dressings was delivered Thursday, with another shipment scheduled for next week.

The Rescue Task Force is providing support to the work of volunteers in Asia who made their way to the region.

Restore International has started a relief fund for victims of the earthquake. The organization runs an orphanage for girls in Kathmandu and reported that its kids were safe.

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