A 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook the country today at 12:50pm with its epicentre on the border between Sindhupalchok and Dolakha districts, the National Seismological Centre said.
Yet another shock measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale with epicentre at Dolakha was felt at 1:21 pm which was followed by yet another tremor of 5.3- magnitude with epicentre in Sindhupalchok.
People nervous after the tremors have flocked to open spaces including Tundikhel. The people injured in the quake are being rushed to different hospitals in the capital.
Meanwhile, the fresh earthquake has killed at least 50 people, injuring more than 1129 and causing further physical damages, according to Nepal Police Spokesperson Kamal Singh Bam. 26 people have been killed in Dolakha while 8 lost lives in Kathmandu.
A total of 32 districts in the country including Dolakha, Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and others have been affected by the fresh earthquake.
As per the latest report, five people died in Kathmandu, nine in Sindhupalchowk, 34 in Dolakha, two each in Sindhuli and Ramechhap, and one each in Lalitpur, Sunsari, Dhanusha, Rautahat, Gorkha and Sarlahi districts.
More hotels, houses with wide fissures collapse from powerful aftershock
More houses collapsed while transportation in many areas came to a grinding halt following a powerful aftershock measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale which struck at 12:50 pm on Tuesday.
A six-storied building near the Samakhusi junction in the capital city which had been marked with a red sign, signaling it to be very dangerous with major cracks fell down by hitting a cyber cafe in the neighborhood. Rescue units from the three security organs including the American military team are carrying out an extensive rescue operation suspecting a child to have been trapped inside.
More damages have been reported at the People’s Dental Hospital in Naya Bazaar while the listing buildings with wide fissures at Naya Bus Park area in Mitranagar have collapsed while telephone line has been severed, a local Adarsha Shrestha said.
At the Gonggabu area, at least six tall hotels and houses have fallen while dozens of houses have subsided. The Himalayan Bank at TU Teaching Hospital has suffered wide fissures and is perilously holding on.
Meanwhile, a house was razed to the ground following the powerful aftershock at Nhyu Tole of Jaisideval area. Many listing houses at Ombahal have fallen while a house behind the Ganesh Temple at Ason Tole has also been toppled.
More houses have been dislodged at Sankhu area injuring at least 12 persons while more old houses have fallen under the impact of the aftershock in Bungamti.
Many houses suffer massive damages in Bhaktapur, 198 left injured
Most of the houses at Madhyapur Thimi area in Bhaktapur suffered massive damages from the Tuesday’s 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country with its epicenter in Dolakha at 12.55 pm local time.
The Kathmandu-Bhaktapur road section was disrupted, following the collapses of two houses at Bahakha Bazaar. Jeeb Chitrakar and his brother lost their houses to the powerful aftershock. Likewise, Surkaji Chakradhar and Krishnalal Chakradhar of Garcha Tole have been rendered homeless, according to Police Inspector Yadav Dhakal.
Over 100 houses in Bhaktapur have suffered damages in the quake whereas as many as 198 have been injured and they are being treated at the Bhaktapur Hospital and Nepal-Korea Friendship Hospital. Further details of the damages are awaited.
The houses that were badly damaged after the April 25 devastating earthquake turned into rubble from the today’s quake.
Likewise, as least 105 have been injured from the earthquake in Kavre district. The injured are undergoing treatment at Dhulikhel Hospital and the Banepa-based Sheer Memorial Hospital. Details of the damages in the district are awaited. RSS