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Nepal: 29 killed as 1,000 others injured in new earthquake in eastern Nepal


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(By Estera Popowska)

At least 29 people have been killed and 1,006 injured as a major earthquake struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, the Nepali government has said, BBC reported Tuesday.

Two weeks ago more than 8,000 died in a devastating quake, according to several news sources. According to the US Geological Survey, the latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest. The earthquake is estimated  to have had a magnitude of 7.3  An earthquake on 25 April, centred in western Nepal, had a magnitude of 7.8 according to BBC report.

The latest tremor was also felt in northern India and Bangladesh, and was centred east of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, in a rural area close to the Chinese border.

In  Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, which was badly damaged last month, people reportedly rushed out of buildings as the quake struck at 12:35 local time (06:50 GMT).BBC says rescue helicopters have been sent to districts north-east of the capital, that are believed to be worst hit. A spokesman for Nepal's government told the BBC that 31 of the country's 75 districts had been affected (BBC)