Khotang earthquake: 475 houses, two school buildings, a police station are damaged
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KHOTANG: Two school buildings, a police station and 475 houses have been damaged so far when a magnitude six earthquake hit Khotang on Sunday.
According to the district disaster management office, one house was completely destroyed while other houses suffered cracks.
Similarly, the earthquake destroyed the four-room building of Thurpurdanda Secondary School in the Rural Municipality of Kepilasgadhi-5, a four-room building of the Secondary School of Surkedanda in the Rural Municipality of Diktel Rupakot Majhuwagadhi -3, a police station building in Kepilasgadhi-2, the district said. Administrative office.
A house belonging to Tej Bahadur Nepali from Halesi Tuwachung-5 Municipality was completely damaged by the earthquake. Sakela Rural Municipality Chairman Rabi Prakash Rai said 464 houses in Sakela Rural Municipality, the epicenter of the earthquake, had suffered damage so far.
A total of 134 houses in Banjhechyandanda, 88 houses in Ratanchha, 57 houses in Khidima, 105 in Mattim and 80 in Mattimbirta were damaged in the quake, he added.
The earthquake damaged six houses in different wards of Diktel Rupakot Majhuwagadhi Municipality, one house in Mahadevsthan and Hall of Halesi Tuwachung Municipality, two houses in Khotehang Rural Municipality and one house in Rawabensi Rural Municipality, informed Surya Prasad Sedhai, the district head. and coordinator of the district disaster management committee.
“Local levels continue to report damage from the earthquake as well as floods and landslides. All 10 local levels in the district have been asked to provide earthquake damage information within three days,” he said, adding that it looks like it will take longer to get accurate information as heavy rains are taking place in the district.
The National Earthquake Measurement Center said it was the strongest earthquake to occur in the country so far after the April 24, 2015 earthquake in Gorkha. The epicenter of the Khotang earthquake was in Sakela Rural Municipality, which borders Diktel Bazaar, the district’s main trading center.
The people fear other tremors like the last one. Although no human casualties were reported due to the latest earthquake in the district so far, aftershocks are continuing and the general public has been urged to take precautionary measures, CDO Sedhai said.
According to him, the Nepalese army, police and disaster management and rescue team have been kept in position ready to mobilize as soon as information about the disaster is received.
Halesi Tuwachung Municipality has written to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) to assess the damage. Mayor Bimala Rai said that immediately after the earthquake, they wrote a letter to the NDRRMA, Ministry of Interior, to conduct an integrated disaster vulnerability assessment.
The other local levels in the district have also started collecting information on the damage caused by the earthquake in their respective areas. Disaster management committees have been formed at all 10 local levels in the district for rescue, relief and management whenever a disaster occurs. (RSS)