Death toll from earthquake in Nepal reaches 157

Death toll from earthquake in Nepal reaches 157

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Locals dug through the debris in the dark to rescue survivors from the debris of collapsed houses and buildings, while others remained outside for safety.

The earthquake was felt as far away as New Delhi, the capital of India, about 500 kilometers (310 mi) from the epicenter.

“The death toll from the earthquake has reached 157 – 105 in Jajarkot and 52 in Rukum,” national police spokesman Kuber Kathayet told AFP.

He said another 199 people were injured in the earthquake.

Home Ministry spokesperson Narayan Prasad Bhattarai said the death toll was unlikely to rise significantly.

“We are now in contact with all areas,” he told AFP. “It is possible that some bodies may still be found under the debris.”

Security forces were deployed on foot and in helicopters to assist in search and rescue operations.

“The remoteness of the districts makes it difficult to obtain information,” Karnali province police spokesman Gopal Chandra Bhattarai told AFP.

“Some roads were blocked due to damage, but we are trying to reach the area through alternative routes.”

Dozens of survivors with fractures and head injuries were taken to a hospital in Nepalgunj, a small town near the Indian border, for treatment.

“This happened while we were sleeping,” Kamla Oli, a woman holding her newborn baby in her arms at a hospital treating survivors, told AFP.

“There were three of us in the house. Only two of us lived,” he said without giving further details.

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