Nepal Earthquake LIVE UPDATE– At least 140 people were killed and over 100 injured after a strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Officials added that the toll was expected to rise, noting that communications were cut off in many places in the Himalayan country.
The impact of the quake was felt in Delhi-NCR and several other neighbouring states including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar. Earlier on October 15, both Delhi and NCR had felt strong tremors, after similar jolts were felt on October 3.
- Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has arrived in Jajarkot to meet the affected people.
- As per reports at 3 am (local time) on Saturday, Jajarkot and West Rukum have suffered the most damage, with 92 deaths in Jajarkot alone, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police of Jajarkot district Santosh Roka, The Kathmandu Post reported.
Notably, the mountainous country is often hit by tremors, with the last major incident occurring in 2015 and killing 9,000 people. Local historical sites and temples were destroyed in the 2015 Nepal earthquake, besides entire towns and over a million houses being razed to the ground.
The deadliest earthquake prior to 2015 occurred in 1934, claiming the lives of at least 8,519 people in Nepal and causing additional casualties in India, the report noted.