A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 in magnitude on the Richter scale followed by a series of aftershocks have hit several parts of Nepal on Saturday, causing huge damage to infrastructure, human lives and nature.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) has claimed that the epicentre of the quake was Lamjung district in western part of Nepal. Tremors were also reported from the many parts of India, including Delhi, Kanpur, Patna, Kolkata and Sikkim.
According to the latest available data, 14 casualties are reported in Bihar. The death toll has reached 688 in Nepal. The earthquake has triggered an avalanche on the Mount Everest, climbers have expressed fear for many people who have gone up for climbing.
Everest base camp huge earthquaqe then huge avalanche from pumori.Running for life from my tent. Unhurt. Many many people up the mountain.
— Alex Gavan (@AlexGAVAN) April 25, 2015
A Massive earthquake just hit Everest. Basecamp has been severely damaged. Our team is caught in camp 1. Please pray for everyone.
— Daniel Mazur (@danielmazur) April 25, 2015
The Indian Government has proactively acted to normalize things in Nepal by understanding the issue and extending required support. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a high-level meeting at 3 p.m. to discuss situation emerging due to earthquake. PMO and MEA are actively updating their action plan on the social media.
We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home & in Nepal.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 25, 2015
Our MEA 24 hour Control Room numbers are : +91 11 2301 2113 +91 11 2301 4104 +91 11 2301 7905 — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 25, 2015
Helpline numbers which can be of use are circulated by state governments. A list of useful telephone numbers for Nepal is as following:
Following Google initiative can also be useful for people:
We’ve just launched a Person Finder instance to help track missing persons for the #Nepal earthquake–>http://t.co/3e4pNsOALm — Google India (@googleindia) April 25, 2015
Hope things get normal very soon.