Nepal earthquake will likely put a huge strain on the resources of this impoverished country best known for Everest, the highest mountain in the world. The economy of Nepal, a nation of 27.8 million people, relies heavily on tourism, principally trekking and Himalayan mountain climbing.
With Kathmandu airport reopened, the first aid flights began delivering aid supplies. The first to respond were Nepal’s neighbours – India, China and Pakistan, all of which have been jockeying for influence over the landlocked nation. Nepal remains closest to India, with which it shares deep political, cultural and religious ties.
India suffered its own losses from the quake, with at least 61 people killed there and dozens injured. Sunday’s aftershock was also widely felt in the country, and local news reports said metro trains in New Delhi and Kolkata were briefly shut down when the shaking started. (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/more-than-2200-confirmed-dead-in-nepal-earthquake-as-aftershocks-terrify-survivors/article24128401/)
During an earthquake:
· Keep calm and reassure others.
· During the event, the safest place is an open space, away from the buildings.
· If you are indoors, take cover under a desk, table, bed or doorways and against inside wall.
· Stay away from glass panes, windows or outside doors.
· Do not rush to go out of the building, where there are large number of people to avoid stampede.
· If you are outside, move away from building and utility wires.
· Once in the open, stay there till the vibrations stops.
· Do not use candles, matches or open flames.
After an earthquake:
· Do not spread and do not believe rumors.
· Keep stock of drinking water, foodstuff and first-aid equipment in accessible place.
· Turn on your transistor or television to get the latest information/bulletins and aftershock warnings.
· Be prepared for aftershocks as these may strike.
· Close the valve of kitchen gas stove, if it is on. If it is closed, do not open. Do not use open flames.
· Do not operate electric switches or appliances, if gas leaks are suspected.
· Check water pipes, electric lines and fittings. If damaged, shut off the main valves. Do not touch live wires of electricity.
List of aftershocks of earthquake that occurred in Nepal on April 25:
|SN||Time in IST||Lat N||Long E||Depth (Km)||Magnitude|
|11:41||28.1||84.6||10||7.9 Main shock|