Nepal’s villages fend for themselves with search and rescue operations centered on the cities

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GORKHA, NEPAL – Search and rescue operations continue for victims and survivors of Nepal’s earthquake that killed at least 6,250 people. But most of the effort is in Nepal’s cities.

In the villages near the quake’s epicenter, survivors have to fend for themselves. Only one of the 36 houses is standing in one village nestled between two mountains, about 12 miles from the epicenter.

Villagers say boulders crashed down the hillsides, crushing people cutting their grass or feeding their livestock.

Help is many hours away by foot because landslides cut off some of the roads, and heavy rains have turned streams into rivers.

Back in the cities, people line up at gas stations as they try to leave the country.

Thousands of people who can’t leave wind up in tent cities. UNICEF opened a child-friendly space in one camp for displaced Nepalese. The UN says 1.7 million children are in urgent need of aid.

There’s been another earthquake on that side of the world: a 6.8 magnitude quake in Papua, New Guinea. That’s southeast of Nepal, and it hit one day after a 6.7 quake hit the region.

No reports of injuries or deaths from either quake.

Keep on going to the east, and you’ll get to Chile, where the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted for the third time in eight days.

This volcano has been putting on quite a show, in case you’ve missed it, complete with lightning dancing inside the fire, an example of Mother Nature’s terrifying beauty.

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