Strong Aftershock of 5.8 Magnitude Jolts Nepal’s Jajarkot Two Days after Killer Earthquake

Another earthquake of 5.8 magnitude struck Nepal’s Jajarkot on Monday, two days after an earthquake of 5.6 struck the same region on Saturday killing more than 156 people.

Nepal-based news agencies did not report any new casualties or damages caused due to Monday’s earthquake at the time of writing this report.

The Nepalese National Earthquake Measurement Center said the aftershock was of 5.8 magnitude on the Richter Scale. The tremors were also felt in New Delhi and parts of northern India. They said that the earthquake struck Jajarkot’s Lamidanda. They also said the region experienced frequent aftershocks following the weekend’s temblor.

Houses which were not previously destroyed during the earthquake on Saturday collapsed on Monday afternoon due to the aftershock, residents told local news media outlets. One person was injured in Bheri district. Additional police forces have been sent to Rautgaon village where the aftershocks toppled a few houses.

Nepali news media outlets have reported that those impacted by the earthquake are spending nights under the open sky and crippling cold. At least 157 people died on Saturday when the earthquake struck the remote part of the Himalayan region.

Chiuri village in Jajarkot district, according to the authorities, was the epicentre of the quake, and at least 105 people were confirmed dead there. Another 52 were killed in the neighbouring Rukum district, officials said. There were 184 people injured.

Houses in Jajarkot which are mostly made by stacking rocks and logs collapsed and many of them were severely damaged by the sudden earthquake. The few concrete houses in towns were also damaged and the majority of the residents who were killed were crushed by debris.

Those affected by the quake struggled to find shelter for the night, using plastic sheets and old clothes to keep them warm. People struggled to retrieve their valuables and belongings from under the rubble and are awaiting government’s help.

President Ramchandra Paudel has cancelled his tour of Europe and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has urged officials to conduct rescue and rehabilitation operations on a war-footing.

Earthquakes are common in mountainous Nepal. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015 killed around 9,000 people and damaged about 1 million structures.

(with inputs from OnlineKhabar Nepal)

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