Devastating Earthquake Strikes Nepal
On November 4, a strong earthquake struck the western area of Jajarkot in Nepal, resulting in a tragic loss of life and numerous injuries. This earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.4, caused widespread destruction as houses collapsed and buildings as far as New Delhi in neighboring India felt the tremors. The quake occurred at 11:47 p.m. (1802 GMT), according to Nepal’s National Seismological Centre, while other sources reported slightly varying magnitudes.
The Deadliest Quake Since 2015
This devastating earthquake is the deadliest one to hit Nepal since the catastrophic events of 2015, when two earthquakes claimed the lives of approximately 9,000 people. The aftermath of those earthquakes resulted in the destruction of whole towns, centuries-old temples, and other historic sites, with over a million houses reduced to rubble, causing an estimated $6 billion in economic losses.
Tragic Casualties and Injured
As of now, the death toll stands at 128, with dozens of people injured. However, officials fear that these numbers may increase as communication has been difficult in the hilly area near the epicenter. Rescuers have been unable to establish contact, and the district has a population of 190,000 people residing in scattered villages.
Search and Rescue Operations
Efforts to search and rescue those affected have been hampered by landslides triggered by the earthquake. These landslides have blocked the roads leading to the affected areas. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has flown to the area with a medical team to oversee the search, rescue, and relief operations. Immediate action is required to clear the blocked roads and provide assistance to those in need.
Local media has captured the devastating scenes of collapsed houses and frightened residents seeking safety. Many people spent the entire night in open grounds due to the fear of aftershocks. The priority now is to assess the damage, provide medical aid, and support the affected communities.
Our hearts go out to the people of Nepal who are facing yet another tragedy. It is crucial that international aid and support are mobilized to help Nepal recover from this devastating earthquake. The nation has shown resilience in the past, and with collective efforts, it can rebuild once again.
Reporting by Gopal Sharma in Kathmandu; Additional reporting by Aditya Kalra and Shivam Patel in New Delhi, and Gnaneshwar Rajan and Jahnavi Nidumolu in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler, YP Rajesh and William Mallard
Read More of this Story at www.reuters.com – 2023-11-04 03:26:00
Read More Latest News