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Quake aftershocks are likely to continue, Met department cautions


Quake aftershocks are likely to continue, Met department cautionsNEW DELHI: L S Rathore, director general of the India Meteorology Department (IMD) on Sunday said the aftershocks are likely to continue in Nepal which was hit by massive earthquake yesterday killing over 2,000 and injuring around 5,000 people. 

"More than two and a half dozen aftershocks of magnitude four and above have been observed. These kinds of aftershocks are likely to continue for a while, so people should take precautions," Rathore told ANI.

"Rain is expected there and it can further trigger landslide. People are advised to keep away from such sites," he added. 

Nepal ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay on Sunday said that over 2,000 people were killed and more than 5,000 injured in the massive earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. 

"As per official figures, 2,000 are dead and more than 50,00 are injured. We are very thankful to Indian government. India has sent medical assistance, NDRF teams. Prime Minister Modi expressed concern," Upadhyay told ANI.

The Indian government had earlier sent four aircrafts with NDRF teams to oversee rescue and relief operations and also set up a 24-hour control room for queries regarding the tragedy. 

The impact of the earthquake was felt in almost all northern states in India particularly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal.
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