Surkhet – Jajarkot and Rukum West are now in mourning. These two districts are in mourning after the 6.4 Richter scale earthquake that passed through Ramidanda in Jajarkot at 11:47 PM on Friday night. On the one hand, there is the pain of losing a relative and on the other hand, the pain of being homeless is afflicting the victim.
According to the updated information of the police, 157 people have died in the earthquake so far and around 200 people are injured.
The earthquake victim who was sleeping in the warm sun in Chheda Bazar, which is near Jajarkot district headquarters, said that the house was not damaged by the earthquake, but the tremors of the night earthquake are still heartbreaking. We could not sleep all night. That is why we are sleeping now. Some of the old houses have been partially damaged.’
The earthquake has caused a lot of material damage in Jajarkot headquarters Khalanga. The settlement looks open. Even though the exact data of the damage is not available, there are many houses that have been completely damaged. Even the houses that were not destroyed have been partially damaged.
A lot of damage to traditional houses
The earthquake in Jajarkot has caused more damage to traditional houses than modern and concrete houses. The police said that they are currently collecting data. But looking at the condition of the destroyed houses in the earthquake affected areas, it is seen that traditional and old houses have been completely damaged. Aman Chaudhary of Dang, who is doing business in Jajarkot, informed that most of the houses destroyed due to the earthquake in Jajarkot are old.
Locals said that there was not so much damage to concrete houses built recently. The earthquake has also caused damage in other municipalities of the district, it is said that traditional and old houses have also been damaged there. Gopal Vick of Bheri Municipality-2 said that houses made of stone and mud were damaged a lot.
He says, ‘Most of the houses made of stone and mud have been damaged by this earthquake, the houses made of wood and the new concrete houses built in the market have not been damaged so much.’ The then Jajarkot Palace was also damaged due to the earthquake.
Spending the night in the open sky
Earthquake victims spent the night under the open sky. Due to the fear of the earthquake, the citizens of Jajarket and Rukum West are now spending the night under the open sky.
They said that some people’s houses have been destroyed, while some people’s houses have become unfit for living and they have to live outside. They say that they have a cold problem after having to sit outside.
The rescue work is almost at its final stage
The government has announced that the work of rescuing those affected by the Jajarkot earthquake has reached its final stage. All three levels of the government are doing coordinated work to rescue the earthquake victims. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachand’, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Purna Bahadur Khadka himself came to the affected area of Jajarkot and said that rescue and relief would not be lacking.
Along with the rural municipalities and municipalities of Karnali, the Karnali provincial government and other provincial governments have also brought and distributed relief materials, while various organizations have also distributed relief materials.