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Seismological team in Jajarkot

Published Date : November 5, 2023

Kathmandu, Nov 5: A team of National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Center, Lainchaur has reached Jajarkot to carry out further study and research on the earthquake that occurred on Friday night. The team is led by senior seismologist Dr Lokvijaya Adhikari.

Director General of Department of Mines and Geology, Ram Prasad Ghimire, said that the team will be carrying out comprehensive study and research on the earthquake. The team will study the depth of the earthquake, the direction of the damage, and the structures damaged by the earthquake.

Meanwhile, senior seismologist Dr Adhikari said that the Jajarkot earthquake was not an aftershock of the Bajhang earthquake, but a new earthquake. Four aftershocks have occurred following the Friday night earthquake that hit Ramidanda of Jajarkot. Aftershock of 4.5 magnitude was recorded the same night at 12:08 pm, of 4.2 at 12:29 pm, of 4.3 at 12:35 pm and of 4.2 at 3:40 on Saturday afternoon.

So far, 157 people have been confirmed dead in Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim with more than 200 people injured in the earthquake that measured 6.4 in the Richter scale.

Tourism in Nepal should be with Nepali flavour: Minister Kirati

Dhulikhel (Kavre), Nov 5:  Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sudan Kirati has said that Nepal’s tourism should be with Nepali flavour.

Inaugurating the commercial paragliding in Nagidanda of Panauti Municipality-2 of Kavrepalanchok on Saturday, he said paragliding could be a means to generate employment opportunities in the area. The paragliding service has been operated by Phulchoki Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

The Tourism Minister said there is huge potential for tourism in Nepal, which should be operated with local flavor and ownership. Tourism can be further developed only with the combination of adventure, culture and nature.

On the occasion, Minister Kirati also observed the historical and cultural sites of Panauti.

Four people killed, five injured in road accident

Bajura, Nov 5: Four people died on the spot while five others were injured in a road accident that took place on the KI Singh Highway in Shikhar Municipality-6 of Doti this morning. The accident took place when a passenger jeep (Ga2Ha 2776) coming to Bajura from Dhangadhi went out of control and fell some 60 meters below the road, according to District Police Office Doti.

All four died on the spot, who have been identified as 22-year-old Radhika Malal of Himali Rural Municipality-5, her eight-month-old daughter Prathana, 32-year-old Dhanshova Budha and six-year-old Kabindra Budha, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police Nishant Srivastav of District Police Office, Doti.

Five people injured in the accident are 30-year-old Prakash Budathapa, 23-year-old Khom Bahadur Malal, 24-year-old Dan Bahadur Budha, 21-year-old Bimalal Malal and 21-year-old Raj Bahadur Malal of Himali rural municipality-5.

The injured are undergoing treatment at Shaileshwari Hospital in Dipayal. The Jeep driver Mahesh Budha has been detained by police for necessary action and further investigation.

T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier Final: Nepal and Oman vying for title

Kathmandu, Nov 5: Hosts Nepal is facing Oman for the title of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier at TU cricket ground in Kirtipur today.

The match starts at 11:00 am with both sides vying for the winner’s cup after successfully qualifying for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 to be held in the West Indies and USA.

Nepal defeated the United Arab Emirates by 8 wickets while Oman trounced Bahrain by 10 wickets to enter the final match of the qualifier, and also book a ticket to the T20 World Cup 2024.

In the last match of the group stage, hosts Nepal lost to Oman by 5 runs in a thriller held at the same ground on November 2.

Jajarkot earthquake:  Rescue work in final stage

Bheriganga (Surkhet), Nov 5: The government has said that the work of search and rescue of those affected by the Jajarkot earthquake has reached its final stage.

All three levels of government are working in coordination to rescue the earthquake survivors in Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim, the two districts largely affected by the Friday night’s tremor.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Purna Bahadur Khadka and Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Shakti Bahadur Basnet arrived in person to the affected Jajarkot to oversee the rescue operation and pledged to provide all required support for the same.

Similarly, the local, province and central governments are working together to ensure that the affected people are provided with immediate relief including medical treatment and daily essentials.

The Karnali provincial government and other provincial governments have also brought and distributed relief materials, while other social organizations are working to help the quake survivors.

The earthquake on Friday night at 11:47 pm hit Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim, with Ramidanda of Jajarkot as the epicenter of the 6.4 Richter scale quake. According to latest update from the police, 157 people have been confirmed dead with around 200 people injured.

The earthquake has caused a lot of material damage in Jajarkot headquarters Khalanga. Although official statistics on the damage is yet to come, there are many houses that have been completely damaged and more partially damaged.

The earthquake in Jajarkot caused more damage to traditional houses than modern and concrete houses. Aman Chaudhary of Dang, doing business in Jajarkot, said that most of the houses destroyed due to the earthquake in Jajarkot are old structures made of stone and mud.

Locals said that there was not so much damage to concrete houses built recently.

Gopal BK of Bheri Municipality-2 said that houses made of stone and mud were damaged a lot. The houses made of wood and the new concrete houses built in the market place have not been damaged so much. The Jajarkot Palace had also been damaged in the earthquake.

Meanwhile, many earthquake survivors are spending the night under the open sky. With their houses destroyed or not safe to live, they are forced to live under temporary tents.

Man Bahadur BK of Bheri Municipality-2 said that he is now living under the open sky with his children after his house was destroyed by the earthquake. “I am forced to stay out in the open with small children. The government has arranged tents, but it is very difficult during this cold season,” he said.

Jajarkot earthquake: 38 injured undergoing treatment in Banke

Nepalgunj, Nov 5: The number of earthquake survivors brought to Banke Hospital for treatment has reached 38. They have been brought from Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim.

District Administration Office Banke said that six more patients were brought to Bheri Hospital in Nepalgunj for treatment last night, bringing the number of patients to 38. Of them, 37 are being treated at Bheri Hospital Nepalgunj and one at Kohalpur Medical College.

On Saturday, a patient died on the way. The operation of five people who were seriously injured in the earthquake was successful and the condition of all the patients is improving and are out of danger, said Chief District Officer Shraaan Kumar Pokharel. —

Two people killed in road accident in Jumla

Jumla, Nov 5: Two persons died on the spot and another injured in a road accident that took place involving a tempo at Badki in Hima rural municipality-1 of Jumla.

The deceased have been identified as 45-year-old Padam Shahi, the driver of the tempo, and 42-year-old Bali Rokaya of the same ward, according to Information Officer of District Police Office, Jumla, Umesh Chand.

The accident took place at Badki this morning when the auto ( Ve. 1 Ha. 3197) was going to Dewargaon from Nagma. Nanda Rokaya,41, of the same locality was injured and is undergoing treatment at Karnali Institute of Health Sciences, police said.

Government to provide free treatment of quake injured

Kathmandu, Nov 5: An emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers held this morning has decided to provide free medical treatment in all the hospitals for those injured in the Friday night’s earthquake in Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim.

Minister of Health and Population Mohan Bahadur Basnet told journalists that rescue of the quake survivors have been almost complete and all hospitals including in Kathmandu are on standby for providing treatment to this needy. The government will bear the cost of the treatment of the quake injured.

He also shared that a decision was taken to move ahead with the post-quake relief and rehabilitation work, learning from the lessons of the Gorkha Earthquake. Furthermore, decision in which areas to receive assistance from neighbors and friendly countries will be made after further discussion on the matter.

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