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Quake survivors would be ensured safe shelter before rainstorm: PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that all the quake survivors would be ensured safe shelters before rainstorm, and gradually be moved to the individual houses.

In a weekly TV program, PM Oli, on Saturday said the government was aware on not letting anyone misusing the money during the reconstruction campaign adding reconstruction campaign would begin together in all earthquake-hit districts together.

He said Rs 200,000 was being provided to the people in all tremor hit districts as the first installment for the construction of houses, while Rs 300,000 against group guarantee if the first lot does not suffice.

According to him, only one third of the assistance committed by the donors was received by the government.

He however suggested all to devote to the reconstruction drive with the slogan: We make houses ourselves. However, the government would provide the technical assistance for this, the PM added.

“Happy people and prosperous Nepal is my resolution,” the PM underscored.

The entire nation needs to be taken to the earthquake- resistant structure. Though nation building in the present situation seems tougher and challenging, it will be taken ahead in a systematic way with the creation of opportunity in the hydropower, industry, tourism and transport sectors, the Prime Minister said in response to queries put forth by six persons from email, telephone, Facebook and video chat.

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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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