Nepal earthquake kills six, rattles New Delhi


KATHMANDU, Nov. 9 (Reuters) – A 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Nepal early on Wednesday killed four children and two adults, seriously injuring five others as several houses collapsed in western Doti district and neighboring New Delhi. India shocked.

Local media showed mud and brick houses destroyed by the earthquake in the Himalayan country and rescuers digging through the rubble in search of survivors. At least two people are reported missing, Nepalese army spokesman Narayan Silwal said.

Women in the district, about 430 km (270 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu, were shown sitting in the open with babies wrapped in blankets to protect them from the cold. Volunteers rescued a cow trapped under the rubble.

Ram Upadhyay, chairman of the Purbi Chowki Rural Municipality in Doti, said he was in a nearby village when the earthquake struck at 2:12 am Nepal time (2027 GMT).

“It shook terribly and I immediately ran outside. Now we are collecting details, including the dead bodies,” he said.

A powerful earthquake hit northern Nepal on Wednesday night

Five people were seriously injured when eight houses collapsed, said Bhola Bhatta, Doti’s deputy superintendent of police.

Nepal is still rebuilding after two major earthquakes in 2015 killed nearly 9,000 people, destroyed entire cities and ancient temples and caused a $6 billion blow to the economy.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who will be re-elected later this month, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. “I have instructed the authorities involved to treat the injured and the victims immediately and appropriately.”

An army ground rescue team has been rushed to the site, spokesman Silwal said, and two helicopters were on standby in the nearby towns of Surkhet and Nepalgunj.

Kalpana Shrestha, a senior bureaucrat of the Doti district, said details were collected from villages near the epicenter and a child was rescued under the rubble.

Nepal’s Seismological Center placed the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.6. The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) had determined the earthquake to be a magnitude 5.6.

The quake struck about 158 ​​km (100 miles) northeast of Pilibhit, a populous city in the neighboring Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, and occurred at a depth of 10 km, EMSC added. There were no reports of damage on the Indian side, although the earthquake shook many residents of the capital New Delhi.

Reporting by Gopal Sharma in Kathmandu and Mrinmay Dey in Bengaluru; Writing by Shivam Patel; Editing by Gerry Doyle and Lincoln Feast

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