157 Killed In Nepal Earthquake, PM Modi Says India Stands In Solidarity
157 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Nepal. The death count is expected to rise.
In the dark of night, locals in Nepal were captured on film as they tirelessly dug through the rubble, desperately searching for survivors amidst the wreckage of collapsed homes and buildings. The devastating aftermath of a magnitude 6.4 earthquake left several houses in ruins or severely damaged, leaving survivors huddled outside in fear. Tragically, at least 157 lives were lost, with hundreds more injured, and the death toll is expected to rise.
The impact of the earthquake was not limited to Nepal alone. The tremors reached as far as New Delhi, over 500 kilometers away, causing panic and distress. In the border regions between India and Nepal, the effects were also felt, with tremors reported in districts such as Patna, Katihar, East Champaran, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, West Champaran, Sasaram, Nawada, and others.
According to the National Centre for Seismology, the earthquake originated in Jajarkot district, approximately 227 kilometers north of Ayodhya and 331 kilometers west-northwest of Kathmandu. The impact was particularly severe in the western districts of Jajarkot and Rukum, where the damage was extensive. Nepal's Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, expressed his condolences for the loss of life and the widespread infrastructural damage caused by the earthquake. He swiftly mobilized all three security agencies to aid in the immediate rescue and relief efforts for the injured.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India also expressed deep sadness over the loss of lives and the destruction caused by the powerful earthquake. He pledged India's solidarity with the people of Nepal and offered assistance in any way possible. The thoughts of the Indian government are with the bereaved families, and they wish a speedy recovery for the injured.
Nepal's geographical location makes it prone to earthquakes, as it is situated in a region where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates collide, giving rise to the mighty Himalayas. The collision of these plates leads to frequent seismic activity, making earthquakes an unfortunate reality for the people of Nepal.
This is not the first time Nepal has experienced such a devastating earthquake. In 2015, a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country, resulting in widespread devastation. The loss of life was staggering, with nearly 9,000 people losing their lives and over 22,000 sustaining injuries. The earthquake also left a trail of destruction, with over 500,000 homes destroyed and nearly 8,000 schools damaged or destroyed. The impact on education was profound, leaving almost a million children without classrooms.
As Nepal grapples with the aftermath of yet another devastating earthquake, the international community stands in solidarity with the Nepalese people. Efforts are underway to provide aid and support to those affected, with the hope of rebuilding and recovering from this tragic event.