Nepal Earthquake Update: More than 150 Lives Lost in Strong Western Nepal Quake

Dr.Santosh Kumar Sain
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Nepal Earthquake Update: More than 150 Lives Lost in Strong Western Nepal Quake

Nepal Earthquake Update

A powerful earthquake has claimed the lives of over 150 individuals in western Nepal.

Strong Tremors Felt Across Western Nepal

This devastating earthquake sent shockwaves far beyond Nepal's borders, with strong tremors being felt not only in Nepal's capital but also in neighboring Indian cities, including Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Government Deploys Security Forces for Relief and Rescue Operations

To assist with rescue and relief efforts in the remote districts of Jajarkot and western Rukum, situated 500 kilometers west of Kathmandu, the government has swiftly deployed security forces.

Hospitals Overwhelmed by Injured Patients

Over 100 people have been reported injured, resulting in overcrowded emergency facilities at Jajarkot Hospital.

Fear and Uncertainty Grip the Local Population

Terrified by the powerful midnight tremors and the collapse of numerous houses, residents have abandoned their homes out of fear of further earthquakes.

Heroic Efforts and Community Support

Local media has captured the harrowing scenes of multi-story brick buildings reduced to rubble, with courageous individuals diligently working to rescue survivors and documenting the earthquake's impact on social media.

UNICEF Steps to Assess the Situation

UNICEF has initiated efforts to evaluate the extent of damage and the impact of the disaster on children and families in the earthquake-stricken regions of Nepal.

Prime Minister Dahal Responds

Nepal's Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of life and property through social media and has instructed security agencies to initiate immediate rescue and relief operations.

Challenges in Rescue Operations Due to Landslides

Ongoing rescue and relief operations in the earthquake-affected areas are facing complications due to landslides triggered by the earthquake, further exacerbating the challenging situation.

Gathering Accurate Information Amidst Adversities

Collecting precise information has proven to be a formidable challenge in the wake of this disaster, with Jajarkot district's police chief, Suresh Sunar, highlighting the difficulties caused by cold weather and the darkness of night in remote areas.

Residents Flee Their Homes in Fear

Fearing the continued threat of earthquakes and building collapses, residents have evacuated their homes, with many houses having already crumbled.

Earthquake Timing and Magnitude

The earthquake struck at 23:47 local time (18:02 GMT), as documented by Nepal's monitoring and research center. It was characterized as a shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6, signifying its proximity to the Earth's surface.

Nepal's Ongoing Vulnerability to Seismic Activity

Nepal's location in the Himalayan region makes it susceptible to frequent seismic activity, as demonstrated by the recent 6.3 magnitude earthquake in the western district of Bajhang, resulting in injuries.

A Painful Reminder of Past Tragedies

The memory of the devastating earthquakes of 2015, which claimed the lives of 9,000 and injured 22,309 individuals, is still fresh. The initial 7.8 magnitude quake on April 25, 2015, caused the most extensive damage and loss of life. Subsequent aftershocks, including a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in May of the same year, compounded the catastrophe.

These earthquakes left more than 800,000 homes in ruins, primarily in western and central districts, according to reports from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Government buildings, roadways, and UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley also suffered damage, and many villages north of Kathmandu were leveled.

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