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Another Earthquake Hits Nepal, Kills 110

Posted: May 17, 2015 at 9:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A major earthquake on Tuesday struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, two weeks after more than 8,000 people died in an earlier devastating quake in the region on April 25.

As at Friday, officials put the death toll at 110, with more than 2500 injured.

The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar and sent thousands of panicked residents on to the streets of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

It had a magnitude of 7.3, compared with the 7.8 of the previous quake.

The latest quake struck at 06:50 GMT and was centred about 76km (47 miles) east of Kathmandu, in a rural area close to the Chinese border.

The quake was felt in northern India, Tibet and Bangladesh.

India’s home ministry said 17 people had been killed in the state of Bihar, and one more in Uttar Pradesh. Officials in China said one person was confirmed dead in Tibet.

Another 17 people were reported dead from Tuesday’s quake in India, and one person in China.

So far, only 14 percent of the humanitarian aid sought by the United Nations for the relief effort in Nepal has been met, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

That means only $59 million has been committed, of the $423 million requested. A spokesman for Nepal’s government said that 31 of the country’s 75 districts had been affected by the latest quake.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala called for courage and patience and urged all those who had assisted Nepal since the 25 April quake to once again extend helping hand.