A destructive earthquake hit the northwestern regions of Nepal late on Friday night, resulting in the tragic loss of 157 lives and leaving many others injured. Rescue workers in Nepal began the challenging task of manually sifting through the rubble of collapsed homes on Saturday, using only their hands, as they sought to locate survivors following the most powerful earthquake in the country in the past eight years.
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The rescue efforts progressed at a gradual pace because the emergency teams had to tackle the initial challenge of reopening roads that had been obstructed by landslides in numerous areas. It was reported that helicopters and small aircraft were put on standby to assist in the rescue operation.
Officials said that despite the earthquake not having a high magnitude, the extent of damage and the number of casualties were significant. This was primarily attributed to the substandard construction quality in the region and the fact that the earthquake occurred while people were asleep.
Authorities confirmed that three towns and three villages in Jajarkot were impacted by the earthquake. Jajarkot, which has a population of 190,000, consists of remote hillside villages. An official from the prime minister’s office stated that at least 85 individuals were injured in Rukum West, and 55 were injured in Jajarkot.