Tragic Nepal Earthquake Claims Lives of at Least 128, Officials Warn the Toll May Increase

 
 

Tragedy Strikes Nepal as Strong Earthquake Claims 128 Lives and Injures Many

 

In a devastating event, Nepal was rocked by a powerful earthquake that struck the western region of Jajarkot, resulting in the loss of at least 128 lives and leaving dozens injured. The calamity, which occurred on a late Friday night at 11:47 p.m. local time, sent shockwaves as far as New Delhi in neighboring India.

 

The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.4, according to Nepal’s National Seismological Centre, but other institutions reported slightly varying measurements. The German Research Centre for Geosciences recorded it at 5.7, while the U.S. Geological Survey assessed it as well.

 

This earthquake is the deadliest in Nepal since the devastating events of 2015, which claimed around 9,000 lives in two separate earthquakes, causing extensive destruction to towns, centuries-old temples, and historic sites. These disasters resulted in the destruction of over a million houses and a staggering economic cost of $6 billion.

 

Officials expressed concerns that the death toll from this recent quake could rise, particularly in the hilly region near the epicenter, which is located approximately 500 km (300 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu. Many residents in the area have been unable to establish contact due to the challenging terrain. Jajarkot District, home to a population of 190,000, is characterized by scattered villages in remote hills, where numerous houses have either collapsed or developed severe cracks.

 

Residents spent a harrowing night exposed to the elements, fearful of entering damaged structures as aftershocks continued to rattle the region. Search and rescue teams are confronted with the added challenge of clearing roads blocked by landslides triggered by the earthquake.

 

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal swiftly arrived in the affected area with a 16-member army medical team to oversee search, rescue, and relief efforts. He expressed profound sorrow over the loss of life and property, urging security agencies to initiate immediate rescue and relief operations.

 

Heart-wrenching images from the affected areas show the aftermath of the earthquake, with crumbled facades of multi-storied brick houses and scattered furniture. Terrified residents can be seen running into the streets as buildings are evacuated.

 

Local authorities and rescue teams are diligently working to assess the extent of the damage and provide aid to those in need in the wake of this catastrophic event.

 

 

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