An earthquake struck Nepal on September 26, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, said the National Center for Seismology (NCS). The earthquake occurred around 6.49 pm (local time) and the epicentre was located at Gorkha-Lamjung district border. "We felt the jolt and we rushed out of the house. It was immense and we are still afraid to go inside our house," Puna Devi Dhakal, a resident of Lamjung district. No immediate casualties or damage due to the earthquake have been reported.
According to the NSC, the earthquake was a result of the aftershock of the devastating 2015 earthquake. In 2015, the earthquake claimed lives of around 9,000 people and caused injuries to 22,000. It destroyed over 6 lakh houses and damaged almost 2 lakh houses. Some of the villages in the remote Himalayan area is yet to recover from the damage. Nepal had set up a National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), months after the catastrophic earthquake.
“The post-earthquake reconstruction is on the right track. The international community has praised our progress in reconstruction,” NRA head Sushil Gyewali said. However, the data released by NRA itself claimed that the reconstruction nowhere near completion. Only 50 per cent of the people who received grants for reconstruction were able to complete rebuilding. Frequent changes in the government and NRA leadership also affected the rebuilding process. As the recent earthquake has been termed as an aftershock, it can continue because of the magnitude of 2015 earthquake.
Recently, on September 24, Earthquake jolted Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) whose tremors were felt in several Indian States. The epicentre of the earthquake was near Mirpur city in PoK with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale. The earthquake claimed at least 30 lives with Mirpur city, a small town Jatlan and two villages Manda and Afzalpur, being the worst hit. In these areas, huge cracks appeared on the road, trees were uprooted and houses collapsed.
(With inputs from Agencies)