Nepal Quake Survivors Await Aid, Shelters Lost in Rubble

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Days after a 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, authorities continue delivering food and supplies to remote villages affected by the disaster.

Man passes damaged houses in Jajarkot, Nepal after earthquake. (Photo: AP)

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit Nepal’s northwest mountains, causing devastation and leaving villagers in dire need. The temblor struck just before midnight on a Friday, resulting in 157 deaths, numerous injuries, and thousands rendered homeless.

The epicenter was located in Jajarkot, around 400 kilometers northeast of the capital, Kathmandu, and the quake occurred at a depth of 18 kilometers.

Efforts to provide aid, including food, tents, and medicine, to remote villages were underway, despite the challenges posed by blocked roads due to landslides triggered by the earthquake.

Search and rescue teams had completed the initial phase of their mission, focusing on saving survivors and attending to the injured.

Many villagers faced the daunting task of sifting through the debris of their collapsed homes to salvage belongings, with little more than tarpaulins and plastic sheets for shelter. The government’s priority was to supply food and establish temporary housing while planning for the reconstruction of damaged homes.

This earthquake served as a stark reminder of the frequent seismic activity in Nepal, which had experienced a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015, causing significant loss of life and property damage.

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