Nepal: Earthquake smashed Katmandu
Katmandu ( Rida Zaheer )— A very powerful earthquake shuddered Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu, killing more than 1,400 people, and completely destroyed the sections of the city’s historic center . Hundreds of the people have been injured and thousands of were forced to spend nights under the sky due to fear. After shocks are still continue. As result of this earthquake, at least 36 people have been killed in neighbouring northern India.
According to the officials sources 1,360, killed Katmandu and 4,380 people injured in surrounding valley. Setting off avalanches around Mount Everest have been noticed where several climbers were reportedly died.. Buildings swayed in India, Tibet and Bangladesh.
Four of the area’s seven Unesco World Heritage sites were severely damaged in the earthquake: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a temple complex built in the shape of a conch shell; Patan Durbar Square, which dates to the third century; Basantapur Durbar Square, which was the residence of Nepal’s royal family until the 19th century; and the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the oldest Buddhist monuments in the Himalayas.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in London on an official visit, expressed his deep shock on the reports of massive earthquake causing devastation in Nepal and Northern India.
“The Government of Pakistan and its people extend their heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the governments and the peoples of Nepal and India on the tragedy that has caused loss of precious lives and properties,” said a Foreign Office statement.
It said the government and the people of Pakistan expressed solidarity with the affected people of Nepal and India and offered all possible help that might be required in their hour of grief.
According to the Foreign Office, the government of Pakistan has instructed its missions in the two countries to approach their respective host governments to ascertain the damages caused and the requirement of relief assistance.
The National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan has also been readied to take the relief assistance at a short notice.
The walls were brick, around one and a half feet thick, and when the earthquake struck they came crashing down.
Historically, the region has been the site of the largest earthquakes in the Himalayas. A 2005 quake in the Kashmir region and a 1905 earthquake in Kangra, India, resulted in a death toll of more than 100,000 people, according to the United States Geological Survey.