Bajura earthquake: 42 families displaced

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Bajura district on Tuesday has completely displaced 42 families. The displaced families include 12 from Himali Rural Municipality, 15 from Gaumul Rural Municipality and 15 from Badimalika Municipality, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Surya Bahadur Thapa.

Similarly, 12 affected families from Badimalika, four from Himali and 14 from Gaumul are taking shelter in their relatives’ houses, he said, adding that other five affected families are living in tents, and a family in a temple.

Around 400 houses were damaged in the quake, according to the District Police Office. Most of the affected local level in the quake is Badimalika Municipality, said Thapa.

The houses completely destroyed by the quake included 21 in Badimalika, three in Budhinanda, one in Budhiganga, 19 in Himali, 11 in Gaumul, four in Khaptad Chhededaha, one in Swamikartik Khapar Rural Municipality.

Partially damaged houses included 31 in Badimalika, nine in Budhinanda, nine in Himali, five in Khaptad Chhededaha, and five in Gaumul.

The houses that got general damages were 187 in Badimalika, one in Budhinanda, 40 in Himali and one in Swamikartik.

A person was killed and many others were injured in the quake. The deceased was identified as Jamuna Rokaya of Jurile at Gaumul Rural Municipality-2. The injured people are Rajdal Bohara of Gaumul-1, Chandra Mahat of Badimalika Municipality-2, six-year-old Sushrita Thapa of Himali Rural Municipality-1 and 16-year-old Sarita Nepali, said the police.

Of the injured, Bohara, Mahat and Nepali were discharged from the hospital, while others are receiving treatment at a local health post, said Thapa, adding that 35 sheep belonging to one Amlis at Gaumul-1 were killed in the tragedy. Collection of the details of losses was underway, said the police. (RSS)