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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Authorities in Nepal expect the death toll to rise, in the aftermath of the second strong earthquake to hit the country in less than three weeks.
Today's quake struck in a remote mountain region, killing at least 37 people in Nepal, according to the latest figures from the country's Home Ministry. It was centered midway between the capital and Mount Everest, triggering landslides and toppling buildings.
The quake terrified a nation still struggling to recover from the more powerful quake on April 25th that killed more than 8,150. That quake flattened entire villages and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
In addition to the dead from today's quake, authorities in Nepal say more than 1,100 people were injured.
In neighboring India, the home ministry says at least 16 people are confirmed dead after rooftops or walls collapsed onto them. Chinese media report one death in Tibet.
Rescues are again taking place in Nepal's capital, where the government says at least three people have been pulled to safety. Another nine were rescued in the district of Dolkha.
152-r-10-(Sound of legislators and others in the Nepalese Parliament building, as the speaker was interrupted by the earthquake, and people dashed for the exits)--Sound of frightened people dashing for exits in the Nepalese Parliament building at the time of the earthquake. COURTESY: Nepal TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 May 2015)
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135-a-15-(Mike Bruce, spokesman, children's charity Plan UK, in interview)-"into the courtyard"-Mike Bruce, of the children's charity called "Plan UK," says he and his Nepalese colleagues were worried their office structure would collapse. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 May 2015)
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APPHOTO DEL136: A rescue worker stands beside buildings that collapsed in an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A major earthquake has hit Nepal near the Chinese border between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest less than three weeks after the country was devastated by a quake. (AP Photo/Ranup Shrestha) (12 May 2015)
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APPHOTO DEL144: A Nepalese woman injured in an earthquake rests at Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A major earthquake has hit Nepal near the Chinese border between the capital of Kathmandu and Mount Everest less than three weeks after the country was devastated by a quake. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha) (12 May 2015)
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