More than 100 dead as massive earthquake jolts western Nepal

At least 128 people have reportedly been killed after a massive earthquake, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, struck western Nepal on Friday.

At least 140 were also injured in the earthquake that struck around 11.47pm.

National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Centre noted that the epicentre was in Jajarkot district in remote western Nepal.

On Saturday morning, rescue helicopters arrived in the area to provide assistance, local media reported.

The ground security forces were also continuing efforts to extricate the injured and recover the deceased from the debris, according to Nepal police spokesman Kuber Kadayat.

Several videos shared on social media showed residents in the dark of the night sifting through the rubble to find any survivors amidst the ruins of homes.

Numerous houses either crumbled to the ground or suffered severe damage in the deadly earthquake, which was also followed by a few more aftershocks, leaving survivors huddled outside.

Tremors were also felt in New Delhi, more than 500 kilometres from Nepal.

Prime Minister of Nepal, Pushpakamal Dahal “Prachanda” was on his way to the incident site with a medical team on Saturday morning, Kathmandu Post reported.

Both Nepal Army and Nepal Police personnel have been mobilised to carry out rescue works.

“Houses have collapsed. People rushed out of their homes. I am out in the crowd of terrified residents. We are trying to find details of damage,” police official Santosh Rokka told Reuters by phone.

Nepal is an earthquake-prone country given its positioning in the Himalayas.

Last month, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the western district of Bajhang, causing injuries.

In 2015, Nepal experienced two catastrophic earthquakes that claimed the lives of 9,000 people and left 22,309 injured.

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