Death toll in Nepal earthquake rises to 128 ReadingS


The Nepalese government is focusing on the rescue and treatment of the injured after the earthquake. “Rescue and treatment of the injured is the first priority,” home ministry spokesman Narayan Prasad Bhattarai told Xinhua.

Chief Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said she went to the affected area along with health workers on Saturday morning and helicopters were mobilized for the rescue operation.

“Since our focus is on recovery, we are yet to receive details about the damage to houses and other infrastructure,” Bhattarai said. “So far, there has been no news of any loss of life from other districts.”

In October, three earthquakes above magnitude 4.0 shook the Dhading region of central Nepal; one of them had a magnitude of 6.1. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred in the Himalayan country in 2015 killed approximately 9,000 people and damaged more than half a million houses.

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