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Nepal government working from tents after 2nd quake

15 May 2015, 11:34

Kathmandu, Nepal — Government officials in Nepal were forced to work in tents Friday after two massive earthquakes severely damaged a key building that houses several ministries.

Cracks have developed in many parts of the sprawling Singh Durbar office complex, which includes the prime minister's office and several key ministries in the heart of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. As a result of the damage, government servants were working from tents pitched on the grounds of the building.

Shanta Raj Subedi, a top official in the prime minister's office, said they were trying to find alternative space.

Stores reopened and traffic was returning to Kathmandu three days after the Himalayan nation was shaken by a second major earthquake. But thousands of people were still sleeping in tents scattered across the city, afraid that aftershocks might topple damaged homes.

Schools and colleges remained closed after Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake, which killed 117 people and injured 2,800. It struck just 2 1/2 weeks after the country was battered by a magnitude-7.8 quake that killed more than 8,200 people.

Outside Kathmandu, many roads linking the capital to outlying areas were heavily damaged.

Relief workers said the poor state of the roads was hampering trucks loaded with relief material from reaching remote mountainous areas. Frequent landslides blocked many highways and several international aid crews were helping to clear the roads. Elsewhere, the roads had buckled or developed massive cracks from the two quakes.

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