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A massive 7.9-magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal less than 50 miles from the capital, Kathmandu, the U.S. Geological Survey said Saturday.The quake rattled an area between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. Various buildings, including the walls surrounding Nepal's royal palace collapsed after the earthquake rocked Nepal.
The strong earthquake rocked buildings in the capital, and more casualties are feared. The quake was felt in India, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Avalanches occurred on Mount Everest, according to a CNN report. Support from India, Pakistan, China, USA and various nations from the world have declared till now. Rehabilitation and rescue is going on amid the quakes have been occurring in the nation.
Death toll reaches over 1500
According to the latest report more than 1500 persons died in the deadly earthquake. A statement issued by the Home Ministry states that the quake has killed 500 persons in Kathmandu alone while 164 others, mostly women and children, in Bhaktapur and 66 in Lalitpur and other parts of nepal. The number of casualty may rise, says Home Ministry. Historical monuments such as Dharhara and Basantapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square have been completely detroyed in the country.
China pledges rescue; Prez Jinping expresses concerns
China has expressed its deep sorrow over the deadly earthquake that claimed hundreds of lives on Saturday. It has pledged all kinds of assistance to Nepal at this time of emergency. It is sending 65 trained personnel along with necessary kits in a special plane on Sunday. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed such to Nepali mission in China.
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote a letter to his Nepali counterpart President Ram Baran Yadav and expressed his concerns over today's tragedy. Similarly, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi also wrote separate letters to their Nepali counterparts Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Mahendra Bahadur Pandey through Beijing-based Nepali Embassy today and expressed their sympathies to victims.
Government declares national emergency
An emergency Cabinet meeting on Saturday declared a national emergency in some earthquake-hit areas and offered Rs 500 million in immediate relief to the national disaster fund. Over 25 districts have been badly hit by the quake.
The meeting declared the national crisis and urged all to engage in rescue efforts. The government also decided to mobilise all state agencies including bureaucracy and security bodies at this moment of national crisis. The meeting also decided to urge the international community to extend all possible help to facilitate rescue and rehabilitation works.
Major political parties and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala expressed their sorrow at the huge loss of lives and properties. PM Koirala reached Bangkok from Indonesia on Saturday cutting his visit short. He expressed his grief at the devastation. He urged everyone to chip in rescue operations.
US releases 1 million $ for Nepal
United States Secretary John Kerry has issued a press statement on Saturday on behalf of the US government to express condolences to all of those affected by the earthquake in Nepal, including the families of those who died in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. Kerry, in his statement, said that they are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support at this time of crisis.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Bodde has issued a disaster declaration in order to immediately release an initial $1 million for humanitarian assistance. USAID is preparing to deploy a Disaster Assistance Response Team and is activating an Urban Search and Rescue Team to accompany disaster experts and assist with assessments of the situation.
Earthquake in China’s Tibet
According to the China daily, China’s southwest Tibet region also affected by the earthquake that have been succumbed at least 17 Chinese national, Saturday. Some 7,000 people have been relocated in the county of Nyalam, while about 5,000 have been evacuated in the county of Gyirong. The quake toppled 1,191 houses, damaged roads and cut off telecommunications in the two counties, both in Xigaze, as well as in several neighboring regions. In Xigaze, 54 temples sustained damages during the tremor, although no casualties have been reported so far. Following strong earthquakes in Nepal, a 5.9-magnitude quake shook Dingri County of Xigaze at 5:17 p.m. Saturday.
The entire nation is shock by the deadly earthquake, including neighboring nations. In these calamity hours we should join hands to save the lives and pray for the Nepal and affected all.
(News from Media)