Himalayan 'Quake'

Published on April 25, 2015 14:43:43 PM
A state of emergency has been declared in Nepal in the wake of the earthquake which hit the country on Saturday. Tremors of the earthquake were also felt in North and North east India.

According to early reports, huge damage of life and property was witnessed in Nepal, while the impact was little lesser in India. Several buildings are also reported to have collapsed in the center of the capital, Old Kathmandu, including centuries-old temples. As many as 50 people are suspected to be buried under the nine storey historical Dharahara, also known as Bhimsen Tower, which dates back to the 19th century, according to reports from Nepal media.

The Defence Ministry has asked Indian Army, BRO and Indian Air Force to be on a standby, if any assistance is needed in view of the earthquake.

About 40 school children were reportedly hurt in Malda in West Bengal. Several mountaineers are also reported to be missing as an avalanche was witnessed in the region of Mount Everest. A contingent of Indian Army is currently present there.