Another major earthquake has struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, two weeks after more than 8,000 people died in a devastating earthquake.
At least 65 people have been killed and more than 2,000 injured, officials say. At least 17 have also died in India.
The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar and sent thousands of panicked residents on to the streets of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.
This 2nd earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3, compared with the 7.8 of the earthquake on April 25th.
The latest earthquake struck at 12:35 Nepali time (06:50 GMT) and was centred about 76km (47 miles) east of Kathmandu, in a rural area close to the Chinese border. The 7.3 earthquake was followed by six aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 or higher.
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.
At least four people were killed in the town of Chautara, east of Kathmandu, where a number of buildings are reported to have collapsed. And landslides were also reported in Sindhupalchok and Dolakha.
The search also continues for a missing US aid helicopter with eight on board.
As we continue to pray for those dealing with this tragic situation, we also continue to assess the needs and work with our partners on how best to respond. The needs for Nepal are both immediate and ongoing, they will need help for years to come. Its not always how quickly can we get items to them, but rather, what items are needed the most and what will be the most effective to them as they move forward. So much of that can’t be determined just yet, but as the dust settles and the rubble clears…those needs will become more and more evident.
If you would like to come alongside International Aid and be a part of providing relief to Nepal, donations can be made online by visiting www.internationalaid.org and clicking the “donate now” icon. Donations may also be dropped off at International Aid, located at 17011 Hickory St., Spring Lake, MI 49456, or by mail to the same address. For those who prefer to make a donation over the phone you can call our donation line at 1.800.251.2502.
Please keep Nepal and so many others in your prayers. Thank You and God Bless You!