Panic as another quake hits Nepal

From Fr Jose Jomon SJ of the Nepalese Jesuits

There was another quake of 7.3 magnitude this afternoon in Nepal at around 12. 55 pm local time. According to the reports so far, 35 people were killed and over 1000 were injured due to the fresh quake. At least four people died in Chautara in Sindhupalchok district north of the capital Kathmandu, after several buildings collapsed.

The US Geological Survey said that the quake was centered 68 km (about 42 miles) west of the town of Namche Bazar, close to Mount Everest. It was felt as far apart as New Delhi and Dhaka. People in Kathmandu, panic stricken after the 25 April quake, rushed outdoors. 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.

The fresh quake has triggered uncertainty and fear in the minds of the people again. Life was just starting to pick up after last month’s quake which killed over 8000 people and injured more - close to 18,000 people. Educational institutions were supposed to open at the end of this week. People had begun to move back to their houses. But with this fresh tremor, people in the capital were seen erecting makeshift shelters again.

All our people and institutions are safe so far. We await more news. 

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