At least 143 people died and 166 were injured by an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale which struck western Nepal in the late hours of Friday and which led the government to mobilize several relief agencies to respond to the emergency.
According to the country’s National Seismology Center, the earthquake occurred at 11:47 p.m. local time on Friday, and It was born about ten kilometers deep. The districts of Jajarkot and Western Rukum, in western Nepal, were hardest hit by the earthquake, the results of which are still provisional.
In Jajarkot alone, police confirmed at least 105 deaths, while in western Rukum, preliminary data put 38 deaths, according to sources cited by the ‘Kathmandu Post’ newspaper.
Initial reports do not offer precise figures for deaths or injuries in other parts of the mountainous region, although there were records of at least three aftershocks in the following hour, with a magnitude of at least 4.2 on the Richter scale.
The Nepalese army has mobilized five helicopters and a plane to collaborate in rescue operations and distribution of aid in the affected areas, as well as transporting the injured.
Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal expressed grief over the human and material losses and ordered “to mobilize three security agencies for immediate relief and comfort of the injured,” according to a statement published online by his office. social X, formerly Twitter.
Dahal himself went there this Saturday accompanied by a medical team of 41 people. The government announced aid of 100 million rupees (around 700,000 euros) for search and rescue efforts.
The tremor was also felt in the north of India, including its capital, New Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his “solidarity” in the face of the tragedy and offered on social networks to provide the neighboring country “all possible help”.
Brussels offers urgent aid
This Saturday, the European Commission expressed its condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the earthquake in Nepal and proposed to the country the deployment of European emergency aid if you deem it necessary.
“We are ready to provide emergency aid from the EU,” wrote on the social network the commissioner for crisis management, Janez Lenarcic, in charge of the European portfolio of humanitarian aid and civil protection.
“My sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of all those who died in the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal,” the Slovenian added in the message.
Nepalese army spokesperson Krishna Prasad Bhandari told EFE: the operations of rescue continue and that in addition to the 132 deaths, hundreds of houses were damaged, so the death toll could rise.