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Bhotekoshi sweeps away 15 more houses

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SINDHUPALCHOWK — A flood in Bhotekoshi River swept away 15 more houses in Sindhupalchok district on Saturday, according to police.

With this, the number of houses swept away by the flood d in the Bhotekoshi River has reached 52.

The flood washed away 12 houses in Tatopani and three houses in Liping of the area.

The flood also swept away a Ncell tower in Kodari.

Meanwhile, Nepal Red Cross Society Sindhupalchowk Chapter has begun dispersing relief to the flood and landslide victims in Tatopani, Naya Basti and Bahrabise areas.

In a joint effort with the District Natural Disaster Relief Committee, the Society touched base at the Liping Bazaar with 50 sets of of tarpaulin sheets, 50 blankets, 25 sets of kitchen ware, 250 kilos of rice grains, 50 kilos of pulses, 25 packets of salt, oil, sanitation kits, and 2000 packs of Jivan Jal.

The relief materials stored at Tatopani VDC Office will be provided to the victims in collaboration with local administration, Red Cross, Nepal Police and the locals, Nepal Red Cross Society’s Kamal Charan Kashyapati, said.

Society’s Executive Director, Indra KC, said the relief materials were distributed among the victims of landslides and floods in Tatopani, Naya Basti and Bharabise.

The Nepal Army has also set up tents in at least 6 places while the District Health Office has arrived with essential medicines. The NA has also airlifted those in risk to safety.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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