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The Earthquake

Nepal Quake: Toll rises to 1200.

Dated 2072/1/12 B.S. (25th Apr,2015) around 1200 people were killed in the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal making its epicenter in Lamjung district, some 76kms away from the capital.

The capital Kathmandu massively affected by the quake that started at 11:56am. Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest and many other districts of far and mid-west. Various historic monuments including Dharahara, Patan Durbar Square, Basantapur Durbar Square, Manakamana, Gorkha Durbar Square, Rani Pokhari have been ruined. It has hugely affected the residents and the highways too.

While some monuments have already been reduced to rubble, eyewitnesses reported that others have cracks and could collapse. However, journalist Nalini Singh said that the sacred Hindu temple Pashupatinath has not suffered any damage.

“Renowned Shri Pashupatinath temple complex in Kathmandu has suffered no damage, is safe, according to reports” she tweeted.

After the earthquake struck, frightened residents came out into the streets. The casualties are being treated on open areas as there are still possibilities of next quake hitting anytime soon. Mobile phones and other communications have been disrupted. The dead bodies have been trapped in the ruins and rescue teams are digging through the rubbles to find the survivors.

“We need support from the various international agencies which are more knowledgeable and equipped to handle the kind of emergency we face now,” Information Minister Minendra Rijal.

Aids from various organizations inside and outside of Nepal are being provided. People are  sharing the helpline numbers and making them widely available through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“A total of 10 people, including foreign climbers, were reportedly killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest which was triggered by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday”- a Nepal tourism ministry official said.

“At least 1100 people had died in the quake, and that more than 1,700 injured… At least 539 people were killed in just the Kathmandu valley” a national police spokesman said in the evening.

Four major and more than 60 minor earthquakes have been experienced within 9 hours, according to the locals. This is something that doesn’t even need words to be described. It’s devastating, even a stone heart would cry. I personally extend my deepest sympathy to the bereaved families in their loss and pray for the departed souls to rest in heavenly peace.

God bless the mankind.

Some of the pictures that were captured around the nation.

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