Local doctor gives firsthand account of earthquake devastation in Nepal

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Another earthquake has struck in Nepal, killing dozens of people Tuesday. Nepal is still struggling to recover from a devastating quake nearly three weeks ago that left more than 8,000 dead.

Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake, centered midway between Katmandu and Mount Everest, struck hardest in the foothills of the Himalayas, triggering some landslides. But it also shook the capital badly.

Nepal's Parliament was in session when the quake hit, and frightened lawmakers ran for the exits as the building shook and the lights flickered out.

Tuesday's quake was followed closely by at least 10 strong aftershocks.

Dr. Pravin Dugel of, Retinal Consultants of Arizona, knows the region firsthand, and joined us on the phone live from Nepal to describe what's happening there.

Dugel has been in Nepal for several weeks to to help with recovery efforts. He previously visited Nepal to provide free cataract surgery as part of the Himalayan Cataract Project, an international non-profit addressing the tragedy of treatable blindness caused by cataract.

He was in surgery when this latest quake hit, and gave us his firsthand account of what it was like when the earthquake struck, and the devastation in the area.

"For me, it was an experience I've never had," he says. "People just ran outside, as if they've seen this before, and of course they have. It was a terrifying experience."

Dugel says this latest quake has made everything much worse. "It has made it worse for the people who can bear it the least," he says. "The earthquakes have affected the poorest of the poor."

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