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Earthquake rocks Nepal, 5 killed, 44 injured

At least five people were killed when a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolted Nepal today. Three people were killed when a high brick wall of the British Embassy in Kathmandu collapsed due to earthquake.

world Updated: Sep 18, 2011 22:17 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times

Five persons were killed and at least 44 others injured in the earthquake that rocked most parts of Nepal on Sunday evening.

According to the National Seismological Centre (NSC), the quake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale took place at 6:25 pm (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 Dr Sam Nath Sapkota, senior divisional seismologist at NSC.

In Kathmandu the tremor lasted for nearly 40 seconds. Sapkota said that 24 aftershocks were recorded in the two hours following the major quake.

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.

At least 44 have been reported injured across Nepal - 32 in the Kathmandu Valley and 12 others in the eastern districts bordering India. They sustained injuries while jumping from rooftops and houses to escape the tremors.

"The number of injured could rise further. We have asked security forces to help in rescue and relief operations across the country especially the eastern sector," said Ekmani Nepal, joint secretary at the home ministry told HT.

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.

First Published: Sep 18, 2011 21:48 IST