Kathmandu: The devastating earthquakes that hit Jajakor and Rukum, two of the remote districts in Nepal’s western region, have killed at least 70, Bhadra Sharma wrote in The New York Times.
The death toll is feared to rise further. Hundreds of others are suspected to have been injured in the quake, said Chief District Officer Suresh Sunar.
All the security forces in the district have been mobilized in the search and rescue work, said CDO Sunar. Among the dead also includes Deputy Mayor of Nalgad Municipality Sarita Singh, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police of Jajarkot Santosh Rokka. An earthquake measuring 6.4 in the Richter scale occurred at 11:47 pm on Friday, with Ramidanda of Jajarkot as the epicenter.
“With rescuers only beginning to reach the mountainous villages where the earthquake struck, officials cautioned that the death toll was likely to rise, as daylight better revealed the extent of the devastation and as communication was restored with areas that have been cut off,” Sharma reported.