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NEWS---Hundreds search for US helicopter after second Nepal quake kills scores

Hundreds search for US helicopter after second Nepal quake kills scores

CHARIKOT, Nepal, May 13 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Nepali troops searched for a missing U.S. Marine helicopter with eight people on board on Wednesday, a day after the second powerful earthquake in less than three weeks killed scores and sent panicked residents rushing out of buildings.

The Himalayan nation is still reeling from last month's devastating quake measuring 7.8 that killed more than 8,000 people and injured close to 20,000.

The U.S. helicopter was delivering aid in Dolakha, one of the districts hit hardest by both quakes, on Tuesday when it went missing with six Marines and two Nepali troops on board.

In the district capital Charikot, relief and military helicopters brought people wounded when buildings collapsed and landslides struck in outyling hamlets to an open-air clinic where they were treated on bloodied tarpaulins.

On one flight was Uttav Nepali from Singati village, where there was a large landslide under which authorities believed people were still buried. He said only a handful of houses were left standing.

"I was outside when the quake struck. Bricks and the top floor of my shop fell down and crushed my arm and back," Nepali said, as he sat among villagers from other communities and waited to find out if he was headed to Kathmandu for treatment.

The helicopters alternated between evacuating and helping find the Marine Corps UH-1Y "Huey" helicopter, which lost radio contact after its crew was heard talking about fuel problems.

A Nepali military official said it appeared the helicopter might have come down in one of the rivers that snake through valleys in Dolakha district east of the capital, Kathmandu.

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