Aftershocks continue to hit quake-hit Doti

Hundreds of aftershocks continue to rattle the area. Authorities ask locals to stay alert. Injured being treated in different health facilities.

NL Today

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Kathmandu: Aftershocks continue to be felt in the area hit by a deadly earthquake in Doti, a far western district of Nepal.

Over 200 aftershocks have been recorded so far, according to the Seismological Center, Surkhet. Assistant technician at the Center Rajesh Sharma confirmed that a sequence of aftershocks in the area continues to affect people living there. According to him, over 200 aftershocks were recorded until 1 pm on Wednesday.

According to him, the earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale with its epicenter at Khaptad National Park was recorded at 9:07 pm Tuesday night and it was followed by two other subsequent shocks measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale at 9: 56 pm and 6.6 Richter scale at 2:12 am today with their epicenters at the National Park.

Three earthquakes above 4 Richter scale took place with the epicenter at the same location in the past two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) in Doti district and they are followed by above 200 aftershocks, according to him.

At least six people were killed, and six others injured when the 6.6 magnitude earthquake, one of the three quakes, hit the district in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Although details of other losses in the disaster are yet to come by, a great deal of losses is expected. Details of the losses in the disaster are yet to be ascertained, said the district police office.

“We have contacted all police units across the district for details of the losses. We are contacting and inquiring with local people’s representatives in this regard,” said Inspector Lokraj Joshi, also the police office’s spokesperson. The building for the agriculture section in Patan Municipality has got cracks due to the quake, said Mahesh Awasthi, the agriculture section chief. Similarly, houses in Dasharathchandra Municipality-1 have got cracks as well, said a local resident Mahesh Bhatta.

Meanwhile, the Center has urged all people of the province to remain alert in the aftermath of the quakes.