The major earthquake that hit Nepal on Aug. 21 killed 721 people and left 460,000 homeless, Prime Minister Marich Man Singh Shrestha said Friday.

The earthquake injured 12,244 and caused damage totaling about $200 million, Shrestha said.The earthquake, which registered 6.5 on the Richter scale, destroyed 66,000 homes, he said.

Shrestha said the government would extend low-interest loans to people whose houses were damaged by the quake.

In India, the quake killed 296 people, officials said.