Over 128 Perish as Powerful Earthquake Strikes Northwestern Nepal, Death Toll Expected to Escalate

by Chloe Baker
Nepal Earthquake

In the wake of a potent earthquake that struck northwestern Nepal shortly before the stroke of midnight on Friday, emergency response teams comprising helicopters and ground forces have been dispatched to offer aid. The calamity has so far claimed the lives of at least 128 individuals and inflicted injuries on scores, according to official reports from Saturday.

Officials have projected an increase in the fatality count as numerous areas remain inaccessible due to disrupted communication channels.

With the arrival of daylight, rescue operations intensified as helicopters were deployed into the affected areas, and security personnel on the scene engaged in the extraction of casualties and fatalities from the debris, stated Nepal Police spokesperson Kuber Kadayat.

Military units have been actively removing debris to clear pathways and mountainous routes obstructed by the landslides caused by the tremors. In a concerted effort, helicopters also transported medical staff and supplies to local medical facilities.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal made an immediate visit to the region aboard a helicopter, accompanied by a medical team. Notably, Dahal had been at the forefront of an armed communist insurgency from 1996 to 2006, which originated in the very districts now ravaged by the earthquake.

In the Jajarkot district, positioned at the epicenter of the earthquake, the death toll has reached 92, with an additional 55 individuals reported injured, Kadayat confirmed.

Adjacent Rukum district reported 36 fatalities, with many residential structures reduced to ruins. The local hospital has already provided care for at least 85 injured individuals.

Throughout the night, amidst the engulfing darkness, security personnel collaborated with local communities to retrieve those buried under the rubble.

The quake, which occurred as many residents were asleep in their homes, was powerful enough to be perceived in India’s capital of New Delhi, situated over 800 kilometers (500 miles) from the epicenter.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the earthquake at a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 with a depth of 11 miles. The National Earthquake Monitoring & Research Center of Nepal pinpointed the epicenter near Jajarkot, approximately 400 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu.

Nepal, a nation characterized by its mountainous terrain, is no stranger to seismic activity. A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015 resulted in approximately 9,000 deaths and damaged close to a million buildings.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nepal Earthquake

How many people have died in the recent earthquake in northwestern Nepal?

At least 128 individuals have lost their lives due to the earthquake that occurred shortly before midnight on Friday in northwestern Nepal.

Are there any ongoing rescue operations for the northwestern Nepal earthquake?

Yes, rescue operations are in progress with the deployment of helicopters and ground troops who are assisting injured individuals and retrieving casualties from the rubble.

Is the death toll from the earthquake in Nepal expected to rise?

Officials have indicated that the death toll is expected to escalate as communication with many areas has been severed, hindering immediate rescue efforts.

Has the Prime Minister of Nepal responded to the earthquake?

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has visited the affected region with a team of doctors to oversee the rescue and relief operations.

What was the magnitude of the earthquake that struck northwestern Nepal?

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 for the earthquake in northwestern Nepal.

Did the earthquake affect areas outside of Nepal?

The tremors from the earthquake were felt as far away as India’s capital, New Delhi, which is over 800 kilometers (500 miles) from the epicenter.

Are earthquakes common in Nepal?

Yes, Nepal is prone to seismic activity. A significant 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015 caused around 9,000 deaths and damaged nearly a million structures.

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Mike Harlow November 4, 2023 - 4:43 am

really a tragedy what’s happened out there in Nepal, thoughts are with everyone affected

Carlos Mendez November 4, 2023 - 5:02 am

how long do they think itll take to get communications back up? information is key right now

Liam Parkes November 4, 2023 - 10:22 am

Just heard about the quake, that’s terrible news, Nepal has such tough luck with earthquakes…

Sandra T November 4, 2023 - 11:47 am

can we get more updates on the rescue ops? It’s crucial for families waiting on news

Jessie M November 4, 2023 - 8:47 pm

is aid reaching the areas that need it most? we’ve seen before how important logistics are in these situations


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