Kathmandu: The death toll from the powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit western Nepal last night has climbed 157 as of 06:00 pm on Saturday. As many as 170 people were injured in the tremor, according to the latest update by Nepal Police. The number of death toll reached 105 in Jajarkot and 52 in Rukum Paschim.
Likewise, a total of 105 people were injured in Jajarkot district while 85 in Rukum Paschim and three each in Baitadi and Dailekh, and one in Rolpa.
The injured people are being taken to Nepalgunj, Kathmandu, and other cities by the Nepal Army helicopters. Some 1,500 security personnel have been deployed in the affected areas for the rescue and relief operations, according to the government.
The earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale with its epicenter in Ramidanda of Barekot Rural Municipality-1 in Jajarkot happened on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ reached the earthquake-affected areas along with a medical team and relief materials this morning. He met the injured ones receiving treatment at different hospitals in Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim and enquired about their health condition.