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Mega earthquake in Gorkha, Nepal kills over 5,000

Mega earthquake with epicenter in Gorkha, Nepal has claimed lives of more than 5,000 people and injured more than 10,000 people.

All 1200 houses of epicenter area Barpak, Gorkha have been fully destroyed. Worst damages have been reported around the rural epicentral pheripheral areas of Manbu, Gumba, Laapu, Kashi Gaun, Uhiya and Larpak.

According to Home Ministry, at least 5,017 died and around 10,224 people have been injured by Wednesday evening. Highest number of fatalities have been reported from Sindhupalchowk (1260) followed by Kathmandu (1038), Nuwakot (560), Gorkha (405), Dhading (373), Rasuwa (303), Kavre (273), Bhaktapur (250), Lalitpur (179), Dolakha (50), Makwanpur (35), Ramechhap (26), Solukhumbu (21), Okhaldhunga (17), Sindhuli (9), Sunsari (7), Bara (5), Chitwan (5), Lamgunj (4) and others.

All educational institutes have been closed for at least five days. More than 3 lakhs people have left the Kathmandu valley.

President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala have directed all the related officials to accelerate the rescue and disaster relief works in the affected areas.

Fatalities number is expected to reach around 10,000. Rescue operations are going on.

Important Phone Numbers:

District Disaster Relief Committe, Kathmandu 01 4233422
Home Ministry 01 4200203