Kathmandu/Delhi – The death toll from Friday’s strong earthquake in Nepal continues to rise, with at least 128 dead. This was reported by Reuters and DPA with reference to the police. According to the AFP agency, more than a hundred are injured. The element particularly struck the districts of Jajarkot and Rukum in Nepal, where an unspecified number of houses collapsed. According to witnesses, the earthquake was also felt in the Indian capital, Delhi, where buildings shook.
According to the DPA agency, there are fears that the number of victims will increase. “We have reports that many people are buried under the rubble,” said one of the Jajarkot district officials.
Shortly after the earthquake, rescue operations began in some affected areas. “Rescue and search teams have to clear roads blocked by landslides due to the earthquake to reach the affected areas,” said a police official from Rukum district.
The country’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamál Dahal expressed deep grief over the loss of life and damage to property and ordered security forces to begin rescue operations immediately.
Nepal’s Earthquake Monitoring Center said the epicenter of the 6.4-magnitude quake was in Jajarkot district and that the quake struck shortly before midnight local time (around 19:00 CET). However, the German Geophysical Center GFZ later determined the force of the element to be 5.7 degrees, while according to the US Geological Survey USGS it was 5.6 degrees.
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.
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