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Another earthquake hits Nepal (updated)

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
A four-storey building collapsed in Nayabazar following the earthquake. People are believed to be under the rubble.  Photo: Dambar Krishna Shrestha

A four-storey building collapsed in Nayabazar following the earthquake. People are believed to be under the rubble. Photo: Dambar Krishna Shrestha

More people were killed and more houses collapsed when a 7.4 magnitude earthquake rattled Nepal at around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake has reached 59 so far and is expected to rise further.

Ramechhap and Dolakha are among the worst hit districts. Casualties and damages have been reported from Sindhupalchok, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur as well.

Around 200 people have been reportedly injured in different parts of the earthquake-affected districts.

According to Dhan Prasad Chaulagain of the Lalitpur District Post Office, his 55-year-old uncle Chitra Prasad Chaulagain and aunty, whose name has not been ascertained, were killed when their house went down in Bhimeswor municipality-5, Dolakha.

Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed three deaths in Teku, Samakhusi and Matatirtha in Kathmandu. One of the three killed is an 11-year-old girl. She was crushed to death by a wall.

Several houses have collapsed in Naya Bajar and Gongabu areas of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. More people are believed to be buried there. Rescuers are busy pulling out people alive.

After the earthquake, Kathmandu’s only international airport was closed for almost half an hour. People had rushed out of their houses, offices and the airport after the earthquake. There were at least five aftershocks within the first hour of the earthquake.

According to Bhakta Kumari Lama, a student union leader currently in Boch village of Dolakha, huge palls of smoke swirled around after the earthquake. Lama said the earthquake triggered landslides on the surrounding hills.

Two weeks ago, just before noon on 25 April, a 7.8 earthquake epicentered around Barpak of Gorkha, had rattled central and western Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people and leaving more than 17,000 people wounded.

Tuesday’s earthquake, epicentered around Namche bazaar of Solukhumbu district, strikes at a time when search and rescue works continue for the 25 April earthquake survivors.

Schools closed down after the 25 April earthquake were scheduled to be reopened from coming Friday. Education officials are now discussing whether they can reopen schools from this week.

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5 Responses to “Another earthquake hits Nepal (updated)”

  1. Jesus Christ on Says:

    Is it apparent to you now that Shiva is not a god and could not deliver you from anything except what you invent in your imaginations? Why serve a god that is no god and has no ability to protect you?

  2. Fred on Says:

    Our prayers are with all of the people impacted by this earthquake.

  3. Marjolijn Hohberger on Says:

    Hopefully an overview will come of how much money is needed I understand 3 times more, international is getting organised, the obvious lack of shelter is not just because of geography.
    It is too easy to blame corruption and Nepal, the international community is not a community, they appear to be several separate organisations not very communicative. At all and actually wrong info on CNN and BBC.

    This obviously reinforces the feeling of better do my own thing, but you must get shelter/ tents and fly them in to any airport than knitting them so to say.

  4. Ravi raj kaur on Says:

    Thank you meanwhile the cold season is coming people need hope. Can the govenment be hold responsible for inertia, lack of proactivity, fired???

  5. Lesson still to be learnt | Sonia awale on Says:

    […] and 1,200 classrooms in Dolakha district were brought down in the 25 April earthquakeand the 12 May aftershock. Many students would have been killed if the earthquake had struck on a weekday, or if […]

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