Jajarkot, 4 November, 2023 (GNP): A devastating earthquake of 5.6 magnitude struck a remote region of Nepal late on 3 November, leading to the loss of at least 119 lives, while over 100 individuals have sustained injuries. This catastrophic event took place in the far west of Nepal, with the epicenter located approximately 42 km south of Jumla.
The earthquake, which occurred in the Himalayan region, was felt as far away as India’s capital, New Delhi, nearly 500 km from the epicenter. The US Geological Survey reported that the quake was just 18 kilometers (11 miles) deep.
Images and videos shared on social media show local residents desperately sifting through rubble in the dark, to rescue survivors from the debris of collapsed homes and structures. Mud houses have been flattened or damaged, forcing survivors to seek refuge outdoors.
Karnali Province police spokesman, Gopal Chandra Bhattarai, confirmed the death toll, stating, “The death toll has reached 119, and at least 100 have been injured.” Due to the remote location of the affected areas, gathering accurate information remains challenging.
In response to the dire situation, Nepali security forces have been deployed extensively to provide support for search and rescue operations. Roadblocks caused by earthquake-induced damage have complicated the situation, but authorities are working to reach the affected areas through alternative routes.
The local district hospital is inundated with residents bringing injured victims for medical care, further highlighting the immediate need for assistance and relief efforts.
Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal expressed his condolences, stating, “his deep sorrow over the human and physical damage caused by the earthquake.”