25 April , Kathmandu
More than 800 people were killed in Nepal and 34 in India as a powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale rocked the two South Asian countries, resulting in a massive loss of life and property.
Most of the fatalities have been reported from the Kathmandu valley though there is little information pouring in from outlying areas of the region.
Reports quoting Nepal police say that at least 876 people have died so far.The rescue operations suffered soon after the sunset as power supply in major areas were disrupted due to snapped lines and shutting down of transformers.
Reports said at least 18 bodies have been recovered from the world highest peak everest base camps as a strong avalanche was triggered due to the massive earthquake. Rescue operations are underway but reports said some base camps were buried under snow in the Avalanche ,trapping mountaineers.
It is apprehend that casualty figure might cross 1,000. Many of the injured reported to hospitals with broken limbs and bleeding wounds.Reports received from Kathmandu said casualty figures may be many times higher as several buildings had flattened with people feared buried under the debris. Hospitals were flooded with injured.
Access to many lanes and by-lanes in the capital city of Kathmandu has been blocked due to huge mound of debris.Relief and rescue operations have been launched to save people trapped in collapsed buildings and historical monuments and temples. Doctors have pitched camps on streets of Kathmandu to give first aid to the injured.In Nepals Lamjung, the epicentre of the quake, many buildings have been flattened.
There are reports of cracks developing at the Kathmandu airport. Flights have been diverted to India.Eyewitnesses said Dharahara Tower/Bhimsen Tower, a 19th century nine-storey tall tower in Kathmandu, has collapsed.
About 400 people are believed to be trapped.Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who is currently in Kathmandu, said he heard a major “explosion” like sound soon after the quake and at least five aftershocks have been felt .
Reports say the Indian Mountaineers in base camp are safe.In April month a large number mountaineers scale heights on everest .
The Quake flattenned houses and buildings including the centuries-old Dharhara tower and triggering an avalanche on Mt Everest.
The earthquake with epicentre at Lamjung, around 80 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu, had its impact in several cities in Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. The tremors were also felt across vast stretches of east and northeast India. It was also felt in China, Bhutan and as far as Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Atleast 16 aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or greater were felt for a long time. The tremors lasted up to two minutes.
Nepalese Home Ministry official Lakshmi Prasad Dhakal said over 700 people perished in the quake that left several thousands injured. A clearer picture on the fatalities will emerge after the rescue and relief operations.
Official sources also confirmed that there was no information about any damage to the famous 5th century Pashupatinath temple.
Several buildings, most of them old, in the densely-populated Kathmandu Valley collapsed killing over 100 people in the city alone.
Kathmandu’s Darbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was completely damaged in the quake. The nearly two-century old 9-storey landmark Dharharatower in the centre of the capital collapsed and several people are feared trapped.
Army, police and emergency workers were pressed into service for rescue of those trapped and rushing injured survivors to hospitals.