In the wake of a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Friday night, causing significant devastation and claiming the lives of at least 132 people while leaving over 100 injured, experts have weighed in on the potential impact on neighboring regions. Mahesh Palawat, Vice President of Skymet, reassured that Delhi and Northwest India are likely to experience milder aftershocks, reducing the risk of further destruction.
The earthquake, which occurred at 11.47 pm, had its epicenter located at Jajrakot’s Lamidanda, approximately 142 km from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, and a substantial 941 km from New Delhi. The tremors were powerful enough to be felt in regions as far-reaching as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar, in addition to the Delhi-NCR area.
The situation in Nepal remains grim, with the death toll expected to rise as rescue operations continue. Prime Minister Pushpakamal Dahal, also known as ‘Prachanda,’ wasted no time and promptly headed to the disaster site with a medical team on Saturday morning. Both the Nepal Army and Nepal Police have been mobilized to lead rescue efforts, with communication severely disrupted in many affected areas.
As the affected regions grapple with the aftermath of this devastating earthquake, authorities and rescue teams are working tirelessly to provide aid and support to those in need. The toll on human lives and infrastructure is a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of natural disasters and the importance of preparedness in the face of such events.