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Govt to provide corrugated zinc sheets to fire victims

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KATHMANDU — The government has decided to provide corrugated zinc sheets to the fire victims in various parts of the nation.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers, held at the Prime Minister’s legitimate home, Baluwatar, has decided to provide two bundles of corrugated metal sheets of 26 gauges to each family who lost their houses in the recent incidents.

Talking to media persons after the meeting, Minister for Industry Som Prasad Pandey said so far, 1,402 houses have been completely destroyed in the incidents of fire taken place in different parts of the country since November 17, 2015.

Similarly, the meeting appointed Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha to the post of the Executive Director of Human Organ Transplant Center.

Likewise, as per the meeting decision, six under-secretaries have been promoted to the posts of joint-secretaries and those promoted are Govinda Prasad Rijal, Jhakka Prasad Acharya, Nawaraj Dhakal, Nita Pokhrel Arayal, Uday Bahadur Rana Magar and Gajendra Kumar Thakur.

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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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