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Over 2,50,000 buildings damaged in Nepal quake


Kathmandu: Around 1.4 lakh buildings have been completely destroyed in Nepal due to the powerful temblor that flattened houses and uprooted electric poles and trees besides killing over 6,300 people.

The 7.9-magnitude Saturday earthquake, the country’s worst in over eight decades, completely damaged 1,38,182 houses across Nepal and partially damaged 1,22,694 other homes.

In total, 10,394 government buildings have collapsed and over 13,000 were partially damaged, according to Home Ministry sources.

The government has decided to provide Rs 1,00,000 to each family for those killed in the earthquake and Rs 25,000 to the injured people for treatment.

Similarly, Rs 25,000 will be given to those whose houses were partially damaged and Rs 40,000 for performing last rites to the deceased.

Meanwhile, an aftershock measuring 4 on the Richter Scale jolted the battered nation this morning and was centred around Kathmandu.

Few hours later, another tremor measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale was recorded in Dolakha district, some 300 km south-east of Kathmandu.

There has been widespread destruction in the Himalayan nation due to the quake that has killed over 6,300 people and injured around 14,000 others.

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