A second major earthquake has struck Nepal, a country still reeling from the devastating quake that claimed over 7,900 lives on 25 April.
Wednesday May 13, 2015
Terrified people in northern Nepal flee their homes after a second 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the country. Photo: Paula Bronstein, photojournalist
The second quake, of 7.3 magnitude, struck near the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest. Initial reports from Nepal Red Cross branches in the area indicate that hundreds of homes have collapsed.
This fresh tragedy comes at a time when thousands of people are still homeless from the previous earthquake.
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From the town of Chautara to Kathmandu itself, Red Cross teams are helping injured and traumatised people.
A field hospital opened by Norwegian Red Cross in Chautara is now receiving a steady stream of injured people. Outside the hospital, a temporary camp has been set up to shelter those who have lost their homes or are too frightened to return home.
Nepal Red Cross has dispatched emergency first aid teams to Lalitpur and Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley. Ambulances are also on their way to transport the injured to hospitals.
"The combination of rains and aftershocks now makes our job even more challenging as the roads become highly perilous," explains Martin Faller from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
"Today's earthquake has dealt a double blow to many of the same people who were hit by the 25 April quake. More people will now be in need of emergency shelter but they will also need support dealing with the trauma they have experienced. People are very scared."
Staff and volunteers, including Australian aid workers, have been evacuated from the Nepal Red Cross headquarters in Kathmandu city until the aftershocks subside. Meanwhile, they continue their work of distributing relief supplies, organising emergency shelter and providing first aid.
Original story by Patrick Fuller, IFRC
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