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Does 3 cm shift of Mount Everest change anything for you?

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Mt._Everest_from_Gokyo_Ri_November_5,_2012_CroppedIn the reports of Business Insider, Everest has moved 40 centimetres to the north-east in the past decade with a pace of four centimetres a year. So, if the mountain has moved three centimetres after the Nepal earthquake, it does not make a difference if it shifted three centimetres to southwest.

According to media reports, the devastating April 25 earthquake and the aftershocks thereafter have moved Mount Everest by three centimetres.

China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation suggests that the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal, shifted Mount Everest by three centimetres to the southwest, China Daily reported.

Since 2005, the administration has been setting up satellite geodetic survey points on the north side of Everest that enable scientists to measure the speed of tectonic movement.

The devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25 and another measuring 7.3 on May 12, killed over 9,000 people and injured more than 21,000 others.

“The mountain has been constantly moving to the northeast, and the earthquake made it bounce a little bit in the opposite direction,” Xu Xiwei, deputy head of the Institute of Geology at the China Earthquake Administration in Beijing, said.

The second 7.5-magnitude quake in Nepal on May 12, however, did not move the mountain either horizontally or vertically.

During the past decade, the mountain moved 40 cm to the northeast at a speed of four centimetres a year and rose three centimetres at a speed of 0.3 centimetres a year.

-(IANS)

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Fear of Leprosy Resurgence in Nepal

There are only three staff working in the leprosy section and the same team looks after the disability programme, as well, he told the newspaper

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Health officials in Nepal fear leprosy resurgence in the country with prevalence rate reaching 0.94 per cent in 2018.

Leprosy-free status was given to the Himalayan nation after it declared elimination of the disease in 2009. However, that status could be lost if prevalence rate reaches one per cent of total population, Kathmandu Post reported on Thursday.

Experts already fear that this marks the resurgence of the disease in Nepal. The percentage could be more, an official said, as the current given figures have been derived just from preliminary data.

The Leprosy Control and Disability (LCD) section of Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) of Department of Health Services said that the prevalence rate was 0.92 and 0.89 in 2017 and 2016, respectively, the news report said.

“It will be a great setback for the country if it loses the status,” said Rabindra Baskota, a doctor and chief of the LCD section.

Incubation period of leprosy varies from one to 20 years and diagnosis of more patients could help stop the further spread of the disease, according to him.

An amputated leg, claw toes and claw hands of leprosy patient Gopal Bag are seen at the Leprosy Mission Trust India hospital. Kolkata. VOA

“It will take only a couple of years to reach one percent if this upward trend continues,” he added.

The prevalence rate is over one per cent in various districts of the Tarai region, Baskota said, adding that the country had received the leprosy eliminated status, after reducing its prevalence rate by 0.77 per cent, in 2009.

Sishir Silwal, a focal person for the leprosy control programme in Gulmi district, said regular review meetings for leprosy, which should be held every four months, has not been held for the last eight months.

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Kathmandu Post quoted Bibek Kumar Lal, Director at EDCD, as saying that there is a severe crunch in manpower that hinders proper functioning.

There are only three staff working in the leprosy section and the same team looks after the disability programme, as well, he told the newspaper.

Leprosy, a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, is transmitted through nasal secretion or from droplets from the mouth. It affects the skin, peripheral nerves and eyes, leading to disfigurement and nerve damage. The disease is curable with a multi-drug therapy. (IANS)