9 killed in fresh Nepal earthquake, 300 injured

2015-05-12 12:53
Indian hospital staff and bystanders attend to a resident who fainted as a tremor struck at Siliguri Hospital in Siliguri. (Diptendu Dutta, AFP)

Indian hospital staff and bystanders attend to a resident who fainted as a tremor struck at Siliguri Hospital in Siliguri. (Diptendu Dutta, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kathmandu - A fresh 7.3 earthquake rattled Nepal and northern India on Tuesday, killing at least nine people and injuring 300 in the region as many buildings already weakened by last month's massive temblor were sent tumbling to the ground.

At least four people were killed in Chautara town in Sindhupalchowk district, north of the Nepali capital Kathmandu, a spokesperson for the International Organisation for Migration said.

Police in the Himalayan nation confirmed at least three deaths, as the government struggled with patchy phone lines to gather information. It wasn't immediately clear if they were referring to the same people.

Four people were also killed in Indian states bordering Nepal, one in Uttar Pradesh and three in Bihar, officials said.

One person died in Tibet after rocks fell on a car, according to Chinese state media.

The US Geological Survey said on Tuesday's earthquake was centred 68km west of the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest and the border with Tibet.

The epicentre of Tuesday's quake was close to Everest Base Camp, which was evacuated after an avalanche triggered by last month's quake killed 18 climbers. Mountaineers seeking to scale the world's tallest peak have called off this year's Everest season.

Nepal is still picking up the pieces from the devastation caused by last month's earthquake, the worst in more than 80 years in the country. Hundreds of thousands of buildings, including many ancient sites, were destroyed and many more were damaged.

Panic in Kathmandu

The latest earthquake unleashed panic in Kathmandu, Reuters witnesses said.

Parents could be seen clutching children tightly and hundreds of people were frantically trying to call relatives on their mobile phones.

Shopkeepers closed their shops and the streets were jammed with people rushing to check on their families.

"I'm heading straight home," said Bishal Rai, a man in his 20s, who said he was trying to contact his family in the north of the capital.

Medics and volunteers formed a human chain at a Kathmandu hospital to keep a path open for ambulances.

A volunteer at the hospital said five or six injured people had been brought in, two on stretchers. So far, few ambulances had arrived, he said.

Some aid teams which were on their way back from Nepal were considering whether to return to the country to help.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at welcoming ceremony for a military rescue delegation after it landed back in Tel Aviv from Nepal, said they were prepared to go back if needed.

De Wojtek Wilk, CEO of the Polish Centre for International Aid, said he could send his team of medics "back straight from the airport."

"There is a huge concern for the people who may be living in structures that did not prove earthquake sound," he said.

Indian Air Force spokesman Simranpal Singh Birdi said one MiG 17 aircraft stationed in Kathmandu has been sent to Namche Bazaar to assess the damage.

"Our team is conducting an aerial survey before we decide to launch rescue operations," he said.

Left shaken

In Sindhupalchowk district, which suffered the heaviest death toll in last month's quake, the new temblor also triggered at least three big landslides in the district. A district official there said 12 people had been injured.

"The latest earthquake has left us shaken. I am still trembling," the official, Diwakar Koirala, said, when reached soon after the quake.

Rhita Doma Sherpa, a nurse with the Mountain Medicine Centre in Namche Bazaar near the quake's epicentre, said the quake caused cracks in several buildings, including a school, but she had not seen major damage.

"It was lunchtime. All the kids were outside. Thank god," she said.

Residents in the Indian town of Siliguri, near the border with Nepal, said chunks of concrete fell off one or two buildings.

Last month's quake killed at least 8 046 people and injured more than 17 800. It was recorded at 7.8 magnitude, almost six times stronger than Tuesday's quake.

But a 7.3 magnitude earthquake has the potential to cause significant damage and landslides.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.