Death toll surges past to 100 in Nepal

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Kathmandu: Five aftershocks jolted Nepal on Thursday, triggering panic among the people as the death toll in the powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation two days ago climbed to over 100.

Nepal was jolted by the quake on Monday just weeks after a 7.9 magnitude temblor had wreaked havoc in the country, claiming 8,151 lives and leaving 17,861 others injured.

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Five small tremors — measuring between 4 and 5 on the Richter scale –were recorded near Kathmandu as aftershocks continued to jolt the quake-affected region. However, no damage has been reported from the latest aftershocks.

Altogether 211 aftershocks have been reported in Nepal after the April 25 quake temblor that left the country devastated with thousands reeling under the impact of the disaster.

Rescue workers are searching for survivors from the latest quake. Search is also on for a US military helicopter that was reported missing with six marines and two Nepalese soldiers on board while delivering aid.

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