A devastating earthquake struck western Nepal on Friday, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens more. According to Reuters, this was reported by local official sources. The element particularly struck the districts of Jajarkot and Rukum in Nepal, where an unspecified number of houses collapsed. According to Reuters, the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.4, other agencies put it at 5.6. Eyewitnesses reported that tremors were also felt in the Indian capital, Delhi, where buildings shook.
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Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, illustration photo.
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“I myself am now in the open,” Suresh Sunar, an official of Jajarkot district in the Karnali region, told Reuters by phone. “We are gathering information, but because of the night and the cold, it is difficult to contact remote areas,” he added. “We mobilized the emergency services.”
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Jajarkot lies about 500 kilometers west of the capital Kathmandu. According to another official, at least 17 people died in this district. An official in the Rukum district told Reuters of five victims.
In April 2015, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit almost all of Nepal, especially the Kathmandu Valley in the central part of the country. The tremors also affected India, Bangladesh and Tibet, claiming a total of nearly 9,000 lives.