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Chaos as tremors continue to shake Dolakha

- RAJENDRA MANANDHAR, DOLAKHA

May 17, 2015-

With the total death toll climbing to 92, Dolakha has been in a state of chaos following the devastation caused by the May 12 aftershock measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.

Security personnel have recovered 23 bodies from the debris of destroyed houses in Singati area where more than 100 are feared buried in quake-triggered landslides. Likewise, many vehicles are also said to have been buried in landslides along the Singati-Jhorung road.

Rescue work, however, has been impeded in the absence of skilled manpower and essential equipment.

The aftershock has rendered most houses unsafe and locals were seen living under makeshift structures or tarpaulins in open spaces.

People said they are scared as they could feel frequent minor tremors. Furthermore, heavy downpours since Saturday afternoon have added to the woes of panic-stricken locals living in the tents.

Even the members of the National Disaster Management Monitoring and Directive Special Committee and CPN-UML leader Jhalanath Khanal were visibly shaken by the minor aftershock while they were attending a programme inside Nepal Army barracks.

“The destruction is beyond words and there is nothing left other than the probability of human casualties in case of another major aftershock,” Khanal said, requesting media persons to be careful and help locals keep calm. Stating that locals, especially, women and children, and even rescue personnel were scared, health officials requested the Committee for medicines and other support.

Authorities said around 99 percent of houses are either destroyed or damaged.

According to the National Seismological Centre, of the eight aftershocks felt on Saturday, three had epicentre in the district. As of Saturday, around 150 injured have been referred to various medical facilities in Kathmandu.

Published: 17-05-2015 08:08

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