KATHMANDU: The Home Ministry of Nepal has confirmed 876 people have been killed by the mega earthquake in the 7.8 in the Richter scale that hit different parts of the country including the Kathmandu Valley on Saturday.
According to the latest updates provided by the Home Ministry of Nepal, Eastern Region-20, Central Region-189 (Kathmandu-256, Laliltpur-67, Bhaktapur-144), Western Region-33, Mid-western Region-2 have been killed.
According to the ministry in Kathmandu-181, Bhaktapur-144, Gorkha-25, Nuwakot-36, Lalitpur-66, Bara-1, Solukhumbu-2, Sunsari-7, Kavre-36, Jhapa-2, Rameshchhap-2, Sindhupalchowk-80, Dhading-9, Kaski-2, Rolpa-1, Okhaldhunga-7, Bhojpur-2, Tanahu-1, Sindhulli-5, Rukum-1, Bara-2 and Rasuwa-70 have been confirmed dead.
However, the number of injured and the loss of properties is yet to be determined, said the Joint Secretary Laxmi Prasad Dhakal of Home Ministry. The government has called an emergency meeting to dwell on the disaster management. A meeting of National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) of Home Ministry has decided to announce emergency hit areas in order to address the crisis.
The government has deployed its all resources for the rescue of the injured and urged one and all to contribute from their sides to minimize the post-disaster risk.Soon after the major quake, another quake measuring 5.5 magnitude struk making Tibet as an epicenter, third quake measuring 6.6 making Gorkha as epicenter and 5.7 quake measuring 5.7 magnitude making Rasuwas as epicenter.
The earthquake has demolished a large number of houses, hospital buildings, world-heritage sites, roads and bridges. Hospital facilities have been over-crowded with injured and many injured are undergoing treatment in the open outside the hospitals.
Meanwhile, security forces and volunteers have been fanned out to the disaster sites.An emergency cabinet meeting has announced 29 districts as crisis zones, said the Ministry of Home Affairs.
According to Gyanendra Shrestha, an official, at Tourism Department under Ministry of Tourism, 10 people including foreign climbers have been reportedly killed in the avalanche triggered by the earthquake.
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