Kathmandu: A powerful earthquake in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu and the western regions of Jajarkot, has left at least 128 people dead and 140 injured.
The National Seismological Center of Nepal reported the earthquake’s magnitude as 6.4, while the German Research Center for Geosciences described it as 5.7, and the US Geological Survey measured it at 5.6.
According to Reuters, the earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.4, struck at night at 11:47 pm and is the deadliest since the 2015 earthquakes that claimed the lives of nearly 9,000 people in Nepal. At that time, entire cities, centuries-old temples, and other historic sites were reduced to rubble, resulting in the destruction of more than a million homes with an economic cost of 6 billion dollars.
Authorities are concerned that the death toll from the earthquake may rise, as they were unable to establish contact with the mountainous regions near the earthquake’s epicenter, which is about 500 kilometers (300 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu. The population of this district is 190,000, and the villages are scattered throughout the remote mountains.
District official official of Jajarkot, Harish Chandra Sharma, said that the number of injured could be in the hundreds, and there may be an increase in casualties as well.
Kuber Kadayat, the spokesperson for the police, reported that 92 people lost their lives in Jajarkot, and 36 people lost lives in the neighboring district of Rukum West, both located in the Karnali Province. The earthquake’s epicenter was in the village of Ramidanda.
An official from the Prime Minister’s Office disclosed that at least 85 people were injured in Rukum West, and 55 people were injured in Jajarkot, while Sharma stated that approximately 50 individuals are currently in hospitals in Jajarkot alone.