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Catastrophic Earthquake Strikes Nepal, Kills 157

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The communities of western Nepal are grappling with the aftermath of a devastating 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck the Jajarkot District at 11:47 p.m. on November 4, 2023. This catastrophic event has resulted in the death of at least 157 individuals and left over 180 injured.

This earthquake is noted as the most lethal since a tragedy in 2015, which resulted in approximately 9,000 fatalities. Tremors were felt across a vast region, impacting even the Indian capital of New Delhi. 

In the wake of the quake, emergency services are confronting immense challenges due to landslides and blocked roadways, which have greatly delayed the delivery of aid to those in need.

In the Jajarkot District, medical facilities have been inundated with casualties, and with many homes destroyed or badly damaged, residents had no choice but to spend the night exposed to the elements. The rescue operations, spearheaded by the Nepalese Army and Police, are intensely focused on reaching isolated and inaccessible areas.

As the area continues to experience aftershocks, the already precarious situation worsens. Nepal’s Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has made trips to the affected locales to direct relief efforts and provide comfort to those afflicted.

The earthquake has wrought considerable havoc on the region’s infrastructure, damaging roads and communication networks, which complicates the process of extending relief. Some victims requiring urgent care have been transported by air to hospitals in Kathmandu. However, the ongoing aftershocks, coupled with the cover of night, pose formidable obstacles to the ongoing rescue missions.

There has been an outpouring of international support as countries rush to offer humanitarian aid to the Himalayan nation. Although a comprehensive evaluation of the destruction and casualty count is pending, authorities have managed to restore some critical services, such as power and telecommunications, in certain areas.

The current death toll is expected to increase, marking this as one of the most severe earthquakes in Nepal’s recent history. The quake’s effects were also noticeable in the Gangetic plains of northern India, where the soft soil accentuates seismic waves originating from the Himalayas.

This disaster serves as a grim reminder of the 2015 earthquakes, which prompted Nepal to overhaul its building regulations and emergency response protocols.

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