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Earthquake west of Nepal with a magnitude of 5.3

Kathmandu (EFE).- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 shook western Nepal on Monday, very close to the area hit by a 6.4 earthquake last Friday, leaving at least 153 dead and more than 150 wounded.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the earthquake at 16:31 local time (10:46 GMT), with the epicenter 10 kilometers deep and 37 kilometers from Dailekh district, bordering Jajarkot, which was hit by last week’s devastating earthquake.

Jajarkot police inspector Santosh Roka told EFE that so far no deaths have been reported from Monday’s earthquake, despite a few people being injured and damage being reported in a large number of houses that already had cracks from the previous earthquake.

This earthquake comes three days after another 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook the western part of the Himalayan country, where some humanitarian agencies are offering help to the victims.

“The impact of this latest earthquake exacerbates the difficulties and vulnerabilities of communities with low socio-economic indicators and limited coping mechanisms,” several UN organizations on the ground reported in a joint statement.

The devastating earthquake killed at least 153 people, more than half of them children, and left more than 150 injured, according to the latest toll released today by Nepalese authorities, reducing the number of recorded deaths to 157 earlier.

Country exposed to natural disasters

Nepal is among the countries most prone to natural disasters and has a highly vulnerable population, mostly poor, in addition to lacking sufficient infrastructure to deal with floods or earthquakes.

On April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, toppling multi-story buildings in Kathmandu and triggering landslides and avalanches in the mountains. Almost 9,000 people were killed and more than 22,000 injured.

This disaster also left hundreds of thousands of people homeless and caused damages worth almost 6.47 billion euros. More than seven years after the earthquake, the reconstruction work has not been completed.

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