The death toll resulting from a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Nepal has now reached 145, with ongoing rescue efforts, according to government officials on Saturday.
This shallow earthquake struck Jajarkot and Rukum West districts at 11:47 p.m. on Friday night, causing injuries to 140 individuals, as reported by the Nepal Police.
In response to the disaster, Nepal's provincial governments have announced relief packages for the affected areas. Additionally, the Nepali Congress and the Rastriya Swatantra Party have offered 5 million Nepali rupees ($37,800) and two teams of doctors, respectively, to provide aid.
Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, informed the media that both China and India have extended their support for relief and rescue efforts.
The top priority for the Nepali government is the rescue and treatment of the injured. As Home Ministry spokesman Narayan Prasad Bhattarai explained, "The rescue and treatment of the injured is the first priority."
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal went to the affected area on Saturday morning along with health workers, and helicopters were being mobilised for the rescue operation, he said.
"We have not yet taken details about houses and other infrastructure damaged as the focus is to rescue," said Bhattarai.
(With Agency Inputs)