Nepal Earthquake 2023: Two local levels hit hard in Rukum (West)

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Rukum: Rukum Paschim district has witnessed a huge loss of lives and physical properties due to the earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale with its epicenter in Jajarkot that occurred Friday night.

In Rukum Paschim, two local levels are hit hard by the disaster. Death of 27 people from Aathbiskot Municipality and Sanibheri Rural Municipality, which are close to Jajarkot district, has been confirmed so far, said the Mayor of Aathbiskot Municipality, Rabi KC. “Eighteen people died in Aathbiskot Municipality and nine in Sanibheri Rural Municipality”, he mentioned.

The earthquake caused huge destruction at ward number 14 of Aathbiskot Municipality and ward no 4 of Sanibheri Rural Municipality, shared Mayor KC. Operations for the rescue and treatment of quake injured and collection of details on losses of lives and physical properties are underway.

Ward Chair of Aathbiskot Municipality-14, Hukum Pun, informed that difficulties have surfaced in taking the injured to hospitals due to road obstruction following the earthquake. “Ward no 14 witnessed a huge loss. We started rescue operation from the very night,” he said.

Information Officer at the District Police Office, Dharmendra Khadka, said that information regarding further details of the loss is being collected. The injured are receiving treatment at District Hospital, Salle, Chaurjahari Mission Hospital, and Aathbiskot Municipal Hospital, said police, adding that road obstruction due to the earthquake has resumed. Ten injured ones have now been airlifted to Nepalgunj from District Hospital, Salle.

Likewise, three injured ones have been airlifted to Surkhet from Aathbiskot Municipal Hospital by the Nepal Army chopper. Some houses in Chaurjahari and Musikot Municipalities, and Tribeni and Bafikot Rural Municipalities have received damages.