Nepal: Over 100 feared dead, tremors felt across North India

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At least 100 people are feared dead and several injured in the earthquake that shook Nepal and caused widespread devastation on Saturday, says Nepal Ambassador to India Deep K Upadhyay.

Different buildings, including the walls surrounding Nepal’s royal palace, collapsed. The strong earthquake shook buildings in the capital, and more casualties are feared. A strong earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale shook Nepal and several provinces in India, including the national capital, leaving a trail of devastation in the Himalayan nation.

The temblor that occurred at 11:41 am IST, with its epicentre in Nepal, flattened houses, caused huge craters and cracks on roads in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, and sent people scampering out of their offices and homes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is keeping a close watch on the situation, spoke to chief ministers of Bihar and Sikkim. Read Story

“We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home & in Nepal,” he tweeted immediately after the temblor hit several places in India and the neighbouring country.

Many of the high-rises saw The US Geological Survey, which had earlier put the intensity of the quake at 7.5 on Richter Scale, revised it to 7.9. It said the quake hit at 11:56 am local time at Lamjung, a shallow depth of 11 kilometres.

Major earthquake hits northeast region
A major earthquake hit the northeastern region on Saturday, an official said.
“A major intensity earthquake measuring 7.7 on Richter scale shook most parts of northeastern states and Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh,” Tripura meteorological department Director Dilip Saha said in Agartala.

“The earthquake occurred at 11.45 a.m. Reports of any loss of life and property is yet to be received,” he added.

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