Kathmandu, Nov 04: At least 128 people were killed in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck a remote region of Nepal late Friday, a news agency quoting police officials said. Authorities in Nepal report that over a hundred people have been injured, with the death toll expected to rise as rescue and relief efforts continue.
The earthquake, which occurred under the cover of night, cast a shadow of despair as locals desperately sifted through the rubble, searching for survivors amid the wreckage of their collapsed homes and buildings. The scenes of destruction and loss were accompanied by the haunting wail of emergency sirens.
Earthquake of Magnitude:6.4, Occurred on 03-11-2023, 23:32:54 IST, Lat: 28.84 & Long: 82.19, Depth: 10 Km ,Location: Nepal, for more information Download the BhooKamp App https://t.co/SSou5Hs0eO@ndmaindia @Indiametdept @Dr_Mishra1966 @Ravi_MoES @KirenRijiju @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/XBXjcT29WX
— National Center for Seismology (@NCS_Earthquake) November 3, 2023
The impact of the earthquake extended far beyond its epicenter, with tremors reaching as far as New Delhi, over 500 kilometers away. Such powerful seismic activity in Nepal is, unfortunately, not uncommon, as it resides in a region where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates collide, giving rise to the majestic Himalayas and making earthquakes a frequent occurrence.
Tragically, the region of Rukum West reported at least 36 lives lost, while Jajarkot recorded a death toll of 34. The toll on human life was met with an outpouring of condolences from Nepal’s Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who also expressed his deep sorrow over the extensive infrastructure damage caused by the earthquake.
In a statement, Nepal PMO posted, “Honorable Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has expressed his deep sorrow over the human and material damage caused by the earthquake at Ramidanda in Jajarkot at 11:47 on Friday night and has mobilized all 3 security agencies for the immediate rescue and relief of the injured.”
जाजरकोटको रामीडाँडा केन्द्रविन्दु भएर शुक्रबार राति ११ः४७ मा गएको भूकम्पबाट भएको मानवीय तथा भौतिक क्षतिप्रति सम्माननीय प्रधानमन्त्री पुष्पकमल दाहाल “प्रचण्ड”ले गहिरो दुख व्यक्त गर्दै घाइतेहरुको तत्काल उद्धार र राहतका लागि ३ वटै सुरक्षा निकायलाई परिचालित गर्नुभएको छ।
— PMO Nepal (@PM_nepal_) November 3, 2023
The pain of this recent disaster reverberates with a stark reminder of Nepal’s vulnerability to seismic activity. A devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake had struck the nation in 2015, resulting in widespread devastation, nearly 9,000 lives lost, over 22,000 people injured, and hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed.
Moreover, almost a million children were left without classrooms, as nearly 8,000 schools were damaged or destroyed in the aftermath of this catastrophic event.