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Team formed to study quake victims’ land

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KATHMANDU — A team has been formed under the leadership of National Farmers’ Network – comprising farmer associations and organisations associated with various political parties – to take stock of the real situation of landless farmers of earthquake-affected districts.

A nine-member team has been formed under the leadership of Bhanu Sigdel, Chairman of the main opposition Nepali Congress’ sister organisation Nepal Kisan Sangh.

Sigdel informed that the task force was formed in a way to submit a report within seven days from the discussion held between National Land Rights Forum and National Farmers Network in Kathmandu on Friday.

The task force would visit districts including Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk and Lalitpur among the earthquake most-affected districts of Nepal.

Following the field visit, the Network would pile pressure on Prime Minister and National Reconstruction Authority to rehabilitate and resettle the landless farmers who have been left in lurch after the devastating earthquake, Sigdel said.


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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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