Barely two weeks after it was hit by a devastating quake, Nepal is once more in ruins. The eastern part of the South Asian country was hit Tuesday evening by an earthquake that had a magnitude of 7.3. Reports say no fewer than 40 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured. At least 17 others died in India.
The earlier quake of April 25 had a magnitude of 7.8 and killed more than 8,000 people.
The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar and sent thousands of panicky residents on to the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.
The quake was felt in northern India, Tibet and Bangladesh. India’s home ministry said 16 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.
Nepal has a population of about 27million. Wikipedia says the landlocked nation is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China, and to the south, east, and west by India. “Nepal is separated from Bangladesh by the narrow Indian Siliguri Corridor and from Bhutan by the Indian state of Sikkim.”