Dozens of people were killed and over 1,200 injured following fresh earthquakes in Nepal on Tuesday, less than three weeks after a massive temblor in April left more than 8,000 dead in the Himalayan nation.
A magnitude-7.3 quake hit at midday in a mountainous area east of Kathmandu, near Nepal’s border with China.
Thirty minute later, there was a 6.3-magnitude tremor around 15 miles south, and was followed by a series of smaller aftershocks.
Forty-eight people are confirmed dead and 1,261 injured in Kathmandu and other areas, the Wall Street Journal quoted a Nepal government spokesman as saying.
In the capital, homes, guesthouses and at least one school collapsed.
The latest destruction in Nepal came as search-and-rescue operations related to the April quake were winding down across the nation, though some relief missions were still working to get food and shelter to affected areas.
The Tuesday tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi and Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.
According to an Indian government spokesman, at least 17 people died and 39 were injured in the country following the fresh quakes.
Meanwhile, Chinese state media reported that at least one person died and two others were injured in landslides in Tibet’s Gyirong county.
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