Fresh quake rattles confidence of people, relief workers in Nepal

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Many Nepal residents of shaken apartment building in Lalitpur gather in a nearby banquet hall May 13 out of fear their building will collapse. The second major earthquake in less than three weeks in Nepal has spread renewed fears and dented the confidence of people, church and charity workers have said. (CNS photo/Anto Akkara) See NEPAL-FEARS May 13, 2015.

Many Nepal residents of shaken apartment building in Lalitpur gather in a nearby banquet hall May 13 out of fear their building will collapse. The second major earthquake in less than three weeks in Nepal has spread renewed fears and dented the confidence of people, church and charity workers have said. (CNS photo/Anto Akkara)

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) — The second major earthquake in less than three weeks spread renewed fears and dented the confidence of people, said church and charity workers.

“The death and devastation may be less, but the psychological impact is very high,” Bishop Paul Simick of Nepal told Catholic News Service May 13. “They were slowly recovering from the shock and the trauma and (were) trying to restart (their lives). Now they have been stunned by this unprecedented quake.”

More than 60 people, most of them trying to recover valuables from the debris of collapsed houses and buildings, died and more than 1,200 were injured when the magnitude-7.3 quake hit at 12:50 p.m.

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