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Tremor rocks Nepal, five killed, seven injured

world Updated: Sep 19, 2011 11:14 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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At least five persons were killed and seven others reported injured in the earthquake that rocked most parts of Nepal on Sunday evening.

According to the National Seismological Centre, the quake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale took place at 6.25pm (Nepal Standard Time)—i.e. 15 minutes ahead of Indian Standard Time.

"The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Indo-Nepal border between Sikkim and Taplejung district in eastern Nepal," said an official of the centre while talking to Hindustan Times.

Three persons were killed when a boundary wall of the British Embassy located in the Lainchaur area of the capital collapsed.

The deceased have been identified as Sajan Shrestha (36) and his daughter Anisha (8)—both were on a scooter and pedestrian Bir Bahadur Majhi (19). They died while undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital.

Reports from Dharan in Morang district of eastern Nepal say two persons, Santosh Pariyar (28) and his daughter Kamal (6) died when the roof of their rented accommodation caved in.

Seven persons have been reported injured in the Kathmandu Valley. They sustained injuries while jumping from rooftops and houses to escape the tremors. Three houses were damaged in nearby Bhaktapur.

"We have sent our personnel to all major hospitals to take stock of those injured. The number could climb as more details pour in," said Madhav Nepal, a senior police official.

Since Sunday is a working day in Nepal, many people who were present in offices and high-rises scurried to open areas. Minor aftershocks were also felt after the major quake.

This is the biggest quake to have rocked Nepal in the past 77 years. The country witnessed a quake measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale in 1934. It killed more than 7,000 and injured many more.