Wednesday, 13 May 2015

At least 68 dead after another major earthquake centered in Nepal

Latest developments

• A U.S. military helicopter "was declared missing" Tuesday while in Nepal to support earthquake relief efforts there, U.S. Navy Capt. Chris Sims said. The UH-1 Huey helicopter had six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese aboard at the time, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said. Radio transmissions indicated its crew was having some type of fuel problem before it went missing, said Warren, who added the U.S. government is "hopeful" the aircraft didn't crash but doesn't know.
• At least 50 people have died in Nepal because of the latest large earthquake there, police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam told CNN late Tuesday. Nepalese government spokesman Minendra Rijal earlier said that another 1,261 people have been injured. Thirty-two of the Asian nation's 75 districts were affected.
• At least 17 people in India have also died as a result of the tremor, Home Ministry spokesman Kuldeep Dhatwalia told CNN. Sixteen of those deaths were in Bihar state, with the other in Uttar Pradesh. And a woman in Tibet, which is part of China, also was killed when falling rocks hit her car as it traveled through Gyirong, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported. In the same report, police officer Wu Aijun said that landslides had cut off some roads in the area.
• Aftershocks continue pre-dawn Wednesday in Nepal as a CNN team there feels one such big one at 2 a.m. local time, shaking buildings and terrifying survivors, many of whom were sleeping outside or ran from their homes.

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Just over two weeks after thousands died in a mammoth earthquake, Nepal got hit hard again Tuesday -- with another powerful tremor that has left dozens more dead, more than 1,000 injured and questions about what's next for the already traumatized Asian nation.
The fact that Nepal just endured a similar horror, not to mention waves of aftershocks that followed, didn't diminish Tuesday's damage or shock. More buildings collapsed, more landslides rumbled and more people scrambled for their lives.

At least 68 dead after another major earthquake centered in Nepal

Story highlights

  • Aftershock sends survivors running from their homes before dawn Wednesday
  • U.S. officials: Helicopter with six Marines and two Nepalese goes missing
  • Deaths have been reported in Nepal as well as neighboring India and China
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Open space is often a precious commodity in Kathmandu, but especially on Tuesday. The city's roads quickly clogged with people, many of them crying, according to Sajan Sharma.
CNN iReporter Prashup Rajbhandar initially huddled with loved ones as his four-story house swung back and forth, before rushing outside. Now, fearing a crack in his house, he's not sure whether he'll ever go back home -- instead making do by cooking on his lawn and sleeping in cars.
"People are very scared," Rajbhandari said. "And they don't know what is going on."
Another resident of the capital, Mingma Sherpa, said he and his friends jumped out of his car when they felt the earth begin to tremble. They ran with crowds of other people desperately seeking open space in a congested area of Kathmandu where there are few.

Paul Dillon, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, saw "hundreds of people pouring out of ... buildings (amid) a lot of confusion, a lot of anxiety" as he drove around Kathmandu. Colleagues reported many buildings having collapsed and others on the verge.
"You never get used to seeing telephone poles swaying and surfing past you," he told CNN. "Or buildings just wobbling ... as the earth moves beneath your feet."

A return of landslides, destruction and fear

While more people may have been affected in Kathmandu than anywhere else in the region, simply by virtue of its size, that doesn't mean it was hit the hardest.
Sabin Shrestha, a social activist, saw people run toward the hills in a village on the capital's outskirts as fresh cracks appeared in dozens of houses.
As happened late last month, the tremor set off landslides. Landslides also occurred around Sindupalchowk, the district that suffered so much late last month. Anil Thapa, a journalist there, reported multiple houses down.