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Nepal earthquake: Panic in Kathmandu as locals attempt mass exodus

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By Sarah Taylor  with REUTERS, AP
Nepal earthquake: Panic in Kathmandu as locals attempt mass exodus

<p>There were scenes of panic in Kathmandu on Tuesday (May 12) as crowds attempted to flee the Nepalese capital following the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/12/deadly-new-quake-in-nepal-adds-to-misery-for-exhausted-residents/">second powerful earthquake</a> in just over two weeks.</p> <p>They’d already been staying in temporary housing and tents since the original devastating quake on April 25.</p> <p>Kathmandu resident Simos Kshetri explained the feeling of anxiety among the local people.</p> <p>“We are all afraid to enter our homes or other buildings because we felt such a strong earthquake before and now it’s strong once again. There is so much fear – how can we go inside?” he asked.</p> <p>The eastern village of Charikot, near the epicentre, suffered severe damage, according to a Doctors Without Borders coordinator. He said an Indian Air Force team had flown 11 injured people from the area to Kathmandu.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Quick resp by Army Field Hosp allows victims to be evacuated from Charikot to diff hospitals <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NepalEarthquake2?src=hash">#NepalEarthquake2</a>. (2/2) <a href="http://t.co/ujOa5tTcdN">pic.twitter.com/ujOa5tTcdN</a></p>— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) <a href="https://twitter.com/MEAIndia/status/598165489936764928">May 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>At least five people have died in the Indian states bordering Nepal, while Chinese media is reporting one casualty in Tibet.</p> <p>Marco Confortola was in the Himalayan mountain range during the April ‘quake and filmed some of the tremors.</p> <p>He spoke of his fear for the safety of the local people.</p> <p>“The problem is that the structures – the buildings and houses – are not able to cope with the ‘quake,” he told euronews. “Building technique is very poor. What’s more, in a matter of days the monsoon rains will come. With these people outside, away from their homes, it’s very hard for them. All the rescues must be quick.”</p> <p>Mountaineers hoping to scale Everest, the world’s highest peak, decided to call off the climbing season after avalanches resulting from the April ‘quake killed 18 people.</p> <p>It seems to have been a wise decision, as the May earthquake struck much closer to the mountain range than the previous one had.</p>