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Strong tremors felt across North and East India as 7.9 Magnitude earthquake hits Nepal

 

New Delhi:  More than 35 person were killed in India after strong tremors were felt across North and East India following a massive earthquake of 7.9 intensity hitting Nepal today.

 

Two persons were killed in barabanki of UP while 25 others have died in Bihar and three in North Bengal.

 

As many as 1500 people were killed in a major earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday, a Nepalese official said here.

 

One person was killed when an old building collapsed in the premises of the Indian consulate here when the earthquake shook the country on Saturday.

 

The dead person was a Nepalese national, according to a journalist based here.

 

Xinhua news agency reported that at least three people were confirmed killed and two others were injured.

 

Different buildings, including the walls surrounding Nepal’s royal palace, collapsed. The strong earthquake shook buildings in the capital, and more casualties are feared.

 

The quake was felt in India, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

 

Major devastation took place in the old area of the national capital.

 

According to information available, there was devastation in Hanmandhoka area in the old area of Kathmandu.

 

A nine-storeyed tower in Kathmandu fell.

 

Several casualties were feared as buildings collapsed. Authorities said they were still trying to assess the situation.

 

Images that were tweeted showed the extent of damage caused to the buildings. There was rubble where the buildings once stood. In at least one case, there was a long and wide crack on a metalled road.

 

Initial reports indicated that telephone connectivity was snapped in and around Lamjung, which was near the epicentre of the quake that measured 7.5 on the Richter scale, later revised to 7.9 by USGS. Half an hour later, another earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale hit 49 km east of Lamjung.

 

A strong earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale rocked Nepal at 11.41 a.m. India time, with tremors felt from Delhi to Guwahati and Srinagar to Jaipur. Even half an hour later, the aftershocks continued.

 

According to the India Meteorological Department, the depth of earthquake was 10 km and measured 6 on the Richter scale in India. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre was at Lamjung in Nepal – a district some 75 km northwest of capital Kathmandu.

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “News has come in about an Earthquake in Nepal. Several parts of India also experienced tremors.”

 

He said that they were in the process of finding more information and “are working to reach out to those affected, both at home & in Nepal”.

 

Reports from across north India said people scurried out of their homes and offices even as buildings shook due to the quake and the strong aftershocks.

 

The tremors were so strong that people feared for their lives. Some of them began to pray and tried to get as far away as possible from the buildings. Most ran to open grounds. Many of the high-rises saw people evacuate in large numbers.

 

“I suddenly found my chair shaking. I live on the fourth floor in an apartment. I just rushed out of my building…shouting and requesting people not to use the lift,” said Ravindra Kumar, a resident at Sirsi road in Jaipur.

 

There was panic in Nepal which bore the brunt of the massive temblor. Besides capital Kathmandu and Besisahar in Lamjung, the cities which were affected include Bharatpur, Pokhara and Kirtipur.

 

Here are live updates on Nepal Earthquake:

 

 

One C 17 dispatched to Nepal with 96 NDRF personnel on onboard and 15 tonnes of relief material

 

One IL-76 dispatched to Nepal with 163 NDRF personnel, 5 sniffer dogs and 20 tonnes of relief material

 

Death toll rises upto 1500 according to Home Ministry of Nepal

 

Indian Air Force is evacuating 250 persons frm Kathmandu today.Plz ask your relatives to get in touch with Indian mission there: EAM’s tweet

 

Some 133 people have been injured so far, as per our info: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

 

One C-17 Globemaster III has just taken off carrying 96 NDRF personnel and 15 tonnes of load from Hindon (IST 07:26 PM )

 

Ministry of Railways under the directions of PM decided to send 4 lac litres of Rail Neer water in next four days to Nepal

 

All calls made from BSNL network to Nepal will be charged as local calls for next 3 days.

 

Death toll reaches upto 876 according to Nepal police officials

 

180 bodies retrieved from debris of Nepal’s historic tower Dharahara

 

NDRF teams have been mobilized, GoI is monitoring and we want to minimize loss of property & life: Kiren Rijiju (MoS Home)

 

Bihar government announces compensation of Rs4 Lakh for kin of deceased in earthquake

 

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar confirms 25 deaths in the state.

 

We have just launched C-130 Hercules for Kathmandu with relief material and help: Airforce

 

5 NDRF teams sent to Bihar and UP; 10 NDRF teams flown to Nepal, says chief OP Singh.

 

Death toll increases upto 758 in Nepal—according to Reuters

 

According to Baba Ramdev, over 2Lakh people have taken refuge in Tundi Khel Maidan in Kathmandu after earthquake , await relief

 

Three people were killed in West Bengal in the temblor and at least 69 others including 43 school children were

injured. In Uttar Pradesh, at least six persons were  killed and over a dozen injured.

 

34 deaths confirmed with 23 in Bihar, 8 in UP, 3 in Bengal: Home Secretary LC Goyal on Earthquake.

 

Haridwar: Wall collapsed due to earthquake, vehicles damaged.

 

We have set up help line in the ministry, numbers have been sent out. There is a email “controlroom@mea.gov.in” for any info: MEA

 

Two more aircrafts will fly off later today, carrying NDRF teams. Third aircraft will fly from Bhatinda: S Jaishankar

 

There is heavy damage around Kathmandu, by tomrw 5 helicopters will be placed in Pokhara for airlifting purposes: MEA on earthquake relief

 

C130 aircraft is on it’s way, landing in Kathmandu shortly. Carrying 3 tonnes of supplies,40NDRF personnel: MEA

 

Nepal officials say death toll from earthquake has reached at least 688.

 

There has been severe damage in Kathmandu, our embassy has some damage. One staff member’s wife died: MEA on earthquake

 

NDMA control room helplines: 26701728, 26701729 & 9868891801

 

Bihar is being scrutinized because the people there just suffered due to the storm, and now this earthquake: Ravi Shankar Prasad

 

Emergency earthquake control room for Bengal has been set up. Siliguri, Darjeeling and other areas. The number is 1070

 

First relief plane leaves for Kathmandu from Delhi with 40 National Disaster Response Force personnel and 4 tonnes of medical relief.

 

Three people died in north Bengal. 30 people injured all over the state until now: Mamata Banerjee

 

PM led emergency meeting has ended. Ajeet Dobhal after PM meeting–All necessary help will be provided to Nepal. Exact death toll not yet confirmed.

 

Deputy Chief of Mission of Nepal High Commission in New Delhi, Krishna Prasad Dhakal, told the media that according to local reports reaching here, at least 500 people have been killed across Nepal.

 

He also said that the Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who had gone to Thailand on an official visit, is cutting short his sojourn and coming back immediately.

 

4 NDRF teams have moved for Northern Bihar, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Supaul and Gopalganj.

 

1 team of NDRF has left for Nepal at 3:45 pm. 5 teams at Hindon Air Force Base and 4 at Bathinda, waiting to depart.

 

Kanpur (UP): An old building collapses due to earthquake, 1 child dead.

Lot of damage in Kathmandu acc to reports. Network isnt working properly so thrs low communication, PM out of country, expect him to return,dont know how many dead, extent of damage:Lokendra Bahadur Chand (Frmr PM, Nepal)

 

Earthquake helpline at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu-ꯉ 98511 07021, ꯉ 98511 35141

 

Rahul Gandhi on earthquake: My thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal and parts of India. I hope damage to life and property is limited and those in need receive assistance at the earliest.

There is no preliminary report of damage anywhere in India due to quake, Government has placed its disaster response agencies on full alert says Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

 

PM has convened a high level meeting with Ministers & top officials at 3 PM in the wake of the situation arising due to the Earthquake.

 

The Prime Minister speaks to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Akhilesh yadav about the Earthquake situation.

 

 

 

The PMO has spoken to the Indian Embassy in Bhutan in the wake of the Earthquake. Embassy is in touch with top Bhutan officials as well.

 

 

 

Kathmandu airport closed, all flights diverted towards India

 

Information is being collected from all districts, everyone is on the field: CM Nitish Kumar on the earthquake.

I am in Kathmandu… I was at a Jain community event. A building collapsed in front of my eyes… Nepal has suffered a huge loss,” Ramdev told India TV.

 

Latest visuals of houses that collapsed due to #earthquake in Anamnagar, Kathmandu.

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