Earthquake destroys 58 houses in Bajura

Fifty-eight houses have been damaged by the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that jolted the Sudurpaschim region on Tuesday. The epicentre of the earthquake is in Bichchhya of Himali rural municipality in Bajura district.

According to the District Police Office, some of the houses have suffered partial damage while others have been completely damaged. There has been loss of life and property in various places of the district due to the tremor that occurred at 2.43 pm on Tuesday.

Some buildings of the government offices in the district have developed cracks due to the earthquake. Several private houses have also developed cracks and suffered broken walls.

The mud and stone houses have cracked and are unfit for accommodation, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Surya Thapa of the District Police Office. He said the policemen stationed at the Area Police Office and the police posts were sent to the villages to collect the details of the damage caused by the earthquake and as per the collected data 58 houses, include government office buildings and private houses have been damaged.

One killed

A woman was killed at Jureli of Gaumul rural municipality-2. She was killed on the spot when cutting grass in the forest to feed the cattle. Thirty-two years old Jamuna Rokaya was hit on the head by a falling stone and died instantaneously, the District Police Office said.

Three injured

Three people were injured due to the earthquake in the district and as police said, of them, two are receiving treatment at local health facilities while one has been already discharged. They are Rajdal Bohara of around 45 years of Amlika of Gaumul-1, Chandra Mahat of Badimalika municipality-2, and Sarita Nepali, 16, from Humla who was here to visit her elder sister residing at Himali-6. Mahat has been already sent home after treatment.

50 sheep killed in rock fracture

The quake caused the death of a flock of sheep. They were 50 in numbers and got trapped in a rock rupture following the quake and died. The animals belonged to Bohara, one of the survivors and they were taken for grazing when the incident happened, according to the District Police Office. (RSS)