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5.6-Magnitude Earthquake strikes Nepal severely

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal, killing 143 people while rescue efforts continue.

In settlements all around the impact zone, the tremor’s force knocked people out of their beds and crushed mud homes.

An earthquake that occurred overnight in a remote area of Nepal claimed the lives of at least 143 people, according to officials on Saturday, as security personnel hurried to support rescue attempts.

The US Geological Survey estimated that the 5.6-magnitude earthquake, which struck remote western provinces of the Himalayan Republic late on Friday, was only 18 kilometers (11 miles) deep.

In settlements all around the impact zone, the tremor’s force knocked people out of their beds and crushed mud homes.

The Earthquake happened at night

“It came when we were sleeping,” Kamala Oli, a woman cradling her infant child at a hospital treating survivors, told AFP.

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“There were three of us in the house. Only two of us lived,” she added, without giving further details.

Numerous survivors suffering from fractures and brain injuries hurried to a hospital in Nepalgunj, a tiny town close to the Indian border, in order to receive medical attention.

Social media footage of the earthquake’s aftermath showed residents huddled outside for protection while others dug through debris in the dark to extract survivors from the wreckage of collapsed homes and buildings.

Nearly 500 kilometers from the epicentre, New Delhi, the capital of India, experienced the earthquake.

“105 people have died in Jajarkot and 38 in Rukum,” national police spokesman Kuber Kathayat told AFP, referring to the two districts hit worst by the quake.

He said that the number of injured people reported by the authorities in both districts was over 100.

Security personnel have been sent to support search and rescue efforts both on foot and in aircraft.

“The remoteness of the districts makes it difficult for information to get through,” Karnali Province police spokesman Gopal Chandra Bhattarai told AFP.

“Some roads had been blocked by damage, but we are trying to reach the area through alternate routes.”


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