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5.5 magnitude aftershock jolts western, central Nepal

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KATHMANDU — A moderate tremor jolted the western and central Nepal including the Kathmandu Valley and adjoining districts at around 11:54 pm on Sunday midnight.

According to the National Seismological Centre, it was an aftershock of the April 25 earthquake. It was of local magnitude 5.5 and epicenter in Gorkha district.

A 4.1-magnitude aftershock was felt with Nuwakot epicenter at 3:54 am yesterday.

As many as 433 aftershocks with magnitude 4 or above have been recorded following the Gorkha earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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