Saturday May 26, 2018
Home Uncategorized Minor tremors...

Minor tremors of 4.2M jolt Nepal again; epicenters in Sindhupalchok and Dolakha

0
//
120
Republish
Reprint

earthquake_1

By NewsGram Staff Writer

The aftershocks of the disastrous earthquake, that jolted Nepal last week, continue to shake the country even today. Nepal’s National Seismological Centre recorded two minor quakes early on Saturday with epicenters in Sindhupalchok and Dolakha districts.

Sindhupalchok district tremor, which occurred at 3.55 A.M., measured 4.2 magnitude on the Richter scale, while the second one, felt in Dolakha district at 5.55 A.M., was of 4.3 magnitude, the Himalayan Times quoted.

The death toll of the tragedy has reached 6,624 and more than 14,000 people have been reported to be injured. According to the International Federation of Red Cross, around 40,000 homes have been destroyed in Sindupalchok alone.

Nepal’s remote mountainous areas have suffered “almost total devastation” from the powerful quake and international humanitarian bodies have called for greater urgency in relief efforts.”One of our teams that returned from Chautara in Sindupalchok district reported that 90 per cent of the homes are destroyed.

“Hospitals haves collapsed, and people are digging through the rubble with their hands in the hope that they might find family members who are still alive,” said Jagan Chapagain, Director of Asia Pacific with the IFRC. Including today’s minor tremors, the total number of earthquakes measuring more than four-magnitude on the Richter scale after the April 25 earthquake reached 121, though their frequency has come down, centre chief Lok Bijay Adhikari said.

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015 NewsGram

Next Story

Nepal, Pakistan agree to revitalise Saarc process

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for "greater peace, security and prosperity in the region"

0
//
30
  • Nepal and Pakistan agreed to revitalise Saarc
  • This is done to promote greater peace and security
  • It will be apparently beneficial for both the nations

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for “greater peace, security and prosperity in the region” during talks that visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held with the Himalayan nation’s leadership.

Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons
Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons

Abbasi on Tuesday met Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari and addressed a programme at the Saarc Secretariat here. He also held a meeting with CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” in the morning.

Bhandari and Abbasi hoped to reinvigorate the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) as an important regional organisation. The Pakistani leader said that “issues of the countries in the region should not affect the activities of Saarc and its performance”.

He emphasised the need to make Saarc “more effective” in the days ahead. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual importance, including political, economic, defence and cultural fields.

On Monday evening, Abbasi met his Nepali counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli and both decided to revitalise the stalled Saarc process.

Also Read: India pulled out of SAARC meeting that is to be held in Pakistan

The Pakistani leader sought to host the 19th Saarc Summit of the regional grouping and asked Nepal to create a “favourable environment” for the same. The summit has been postponed since 2016 after a military attack on an Indian Army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

After the attack, India unilaterally suspended its participation from the summit. Several member states rallied behind India’s position.

Nepal is the current chair of the regional grouping. Oli’s chief political advisor Bishnu Rimal said “both leaders held a common view on taking the Saarc forum ahead as it was a common platform for all member countries and still significant”.

The step is taken to improve relationships between the two countries.

Addressing a function at the Saarc Secretariat in Kathmandu, Abbasi said peace, security and mutual friendship were essential for the prosperity of South Asia.

“Pakistan has undivided belief in the Saarc objectives, ideologies and principles,” he said, adding that Islamabad was fully committed to the Saarc charter.

Abbasi also announced doubling the scholarships provided to Nepal by the Pakistan government and proposed to set up a joint parliamentary panel between Kathmandu and Islamabad. IANS

Next Story