Nepal quake toll reaches 76

Thu 14 May 2015
Kathmandu: The Nepal Parliament on Wednesday unanimously passed the commitment motion called for an integrated approach to distribution of relief to those affected by the earthquake, even as the death toll in Tuesday’s aftershock of 7.3 magnitude reached 76.

All the 25 political parties and the two independent MPs passed the motion. The parties had jointly tabled the motion on May 9 to express solidarity with those affected by the April 25 earthquake. Meanwhile, Dolakha district alone accounted for 56 deaths in Tuesday’s tremor, police said. The jolt has left nearly 2,400 injured.

There was no respite from the tremors as the National Seismological Centre recorded 14 aftershocks of over 4 magnitude on Wednesday alone, until 5 p.m. The one at 3.10 a.m. was of 5.8 magnitude.

Security personnel rescued 9 Nepalese, an American man and a Korean woman on Wednesday, airlifting them through a helicopter from Dolakha.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said that he had a telephone conversation with his Nepali counterpart, Sushil Koirala. “I assured PM Koirala of all possible co-operation from our side in the wake of the earthquake,” Mr. Modi said, through a post on his official Twitter platform.

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