Many buildings are leaning precariously over the streets in towns and cities around Nepal after two powerful earthquakes in less than three weeks.

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Tuesday (12 May), hampering recovery efforts in a country reeling from a 7.8-magnitude quake on 25 April that killed over 8,000 people.

Traumatised local residents have taken to sleeping on the street, concerned that even more earthquakes could follow. The tremors have left areas of Nepal perilously unstable, leading to fears of more landslides, especially when seasonal monsoon rain begins to fall in the coming weeks.

At least 96 people were killed in the second earthquake, which brought down some buildings that were already fragile.

The second quake was less powerful than the one in April and shook a smaller, less populated area. It was centred between Kathmandu and Mount Everest, and was south east of last month's earthquake.

It hit hardest in deeply rural parts of the Himalayan foothills, hammering many villages reached only by hiking trails and causing road-blocking landslides.