Quake reignites Kathmandu safety fears

Experts say strong quake could inflict extraordinary damages on vulnerable Nepalese capital.

    Seismic experts have said that Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, could suffer an extraordinary human casualty toll if struck by an earthquake due to poor urban planning and design. 

    The concerns increased after a powerful earthquake struck northeastern Nepal, India and Tibet on Sunday, killing scores and wreaking havoc in the region.

    If a quake hits the capital of Nepal, ranked by the United Nations as the 11th most earthquake-prone country, experts say 100,000 people could be killed in the city and most of its buildings could be destroyed beyond repair.

    Subina Shrestha reports from Kathmandu.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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