As many as 136 people have been reported dead, and 141 injured, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake jolted west Nepal late on Friday.
According to the National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Centre, the earthquake with an epicentre in Jajarkot district was recorded at 11:47pm.
As per reports, Jajarkot and West Rukum have dealt the most damage, with 98 deaths in Jajarkot alone, said Deputy Superintendent of Police of Jajarkot district Santosh Roka. Among the dead also includes Deputy Mayor of Nalgad Municipality Sarita Singh, Roka added.
According to the Karnali Province Police, 114 casualties—44 dead, 70 injured—have been recorded in the district’s Ramidanda of the Barekot Rural Municipality.
More than 55 people have sustained injuries in Jajarkot. Of them, 22 have been referred to Surkhet for further treatment while the rest are being treated in the district itself.
Similarly, the death toll in West Rukum has reached 38, preliminary data shows, said Deputy Superintendent of Police of West Rukum district Namaraj Bhattarai. Twenty seven people were reported dead in Aathbiskot Municipality, and eight more in Sanibheri Rural Municipality.
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