Bheriganga (Surkhet) – November 5th – The government has reported that the search and rescue operations for those affected by the devastating earthquake in Jajarkot are approaching their final stages. In a coordinated effort, all three levels of government have been working diligently to provide relief to the earthquake survivors in the severely impacted districts of Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim.
Distinguished leaders including 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 visited the affected areas in Jajarkot in person. They supervised the ongoing rescue operations and assured the victims of their unwavering support.
The local, provincial, and central governments have united their efforts to ensure that the affected people receive immediate relief, including medical treatment and essential daily supplies. In a testament to their collective commitment, the Karnali provincial government and other provincial administrations have brought and distributed relief materials, while various social organizations have also mobilized to provide assistance to the earthquake survivors.
The earthquake, which struck on Friday night at 11:47 pm, had its epicenter in Ramidanda of Jajarkot, registering a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale. According to the latest police reports, 157 people have been confirmed dead, with nearly 200 individuals sustaining injuries.
The earthquake has resulted in significant material damage, particularly in Khalanga, the headquarters of Jajarkot. Although official statistics on the extent of the damage are pending, numerous houses have been severely affected, with many sufferings partial or complete destruction.
Traditional houses constructed from stone and mud bore the brunt of the earthquake’s force. In contrast, modern and concrete structures, including recently built homes, have proven more resilient. The historic Jajarkot Palace has also incurred damage due to the earthquake.
The earthquake’s aftermath has left many survivors without shelter, forcing them to spend their nights under the open sky. Their homes have either been destroyed or are unsafe to inhabit, necessitating their reliance on temporary tents.
Man Bahadur BK of Bheri Municipality-2 shared his plight, mentioning that he is now living outdoors with his children after their house was wrecked 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 lamented.
As search and rescue operations near completion, the focus is shifting toward providing support, relief, and rebuilding efforts for those impacted by this tragic event in Jajarkot.