In a proactive response to the devastating earthquake that struck Jajarkot on Friday night, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ visited the injured at Jajarkot hospital and met with the relatives of the victims today. He arrived in the earthquake-affected district of Jajarkot with medical personnel and essential supplies, aiming to evaluate the damage caused by the seismic event.
Accompanying the Prime Minister on this mission is Minister for Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation Shakti Bahadur Basnet. PM Prachanda wasted no time instructing the concerned authorities to provide swift medical assistance to the affected areas.
During his visit, the Prime Minister engaged with Chief District Officer Suresh Sunar to gather information about the district’s situation. Efforts are ongoing to collect detailed information on the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake.
A dedicated team of 67 Armed Police Force (APF) personnel under the leadership of DSP Bikash Thapa has been deployed from Ashram Battalion in Jajarkot to search and rescue earthquake survivors. In addition, a team of 24 members led by Armed Police Inspector Jhakku Prasad Sharma from No. 47 Battalion in Rukum West and another team of 11, led by Sub-Inspector Bal Bahadur Thapa, have been dispatched for rescue operations.
The Nepali Army has also been mobilized to assist with rescue and relief efforts in the earthquake-affected areas of Jajarkot and Rukum West. According to Krishna Prasad Bhandari, the spokesperson of the Nepali Army, their personnel are actively engaged in the region.
The earthquake, which measured 6.4 on the Richter scale, struck at 11:47 pm on Friday, with its epicenter located in Ramidanda, Barekot Rural Municipality-1 of Jajarkot.
The aftermath of this powerful earthquake has taken a tragic toll, with the number of fatalities currently standing at 154. The latest data reveals that 92 individuals lost their lives in Jajarkot, while Rukum West witnessed 62 casualties. Additionally, over 150 people have been reported as injured, underscoring the urgent need for immediate relief efforts in the affected areas.