Major 7.9 magnitude quake kills over 800

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KATHMANDU, APR 25 – A deadly 7.9 magnitude quake with epicenter at Gorkha district killed over 800 persons and levelled many historical monuments and buildings across the country on Saturday.

A statement issued by the Home Ministry states that the quake has killed 500 persons in Kathmandu alone while 164 others, mostly women and children, in Bhaktapur and 66 in Lalitpur. The number of casaulties may rise, says Home Ministry.

Multiple number of casaulties have been reported in various districts. Outside the valley, the biggest number of deaths has been reported in Sindhupalchowk district where 80 people lost their lives. Likewise, the tremor has killed 70 in Rasuwa, 57 in Kavre, 40 in Gorkha, 35 in Dhading, 10 in Okhaldhunga, nine in Makwanpur, six in Sunsari and two each in Bhojpur and Solukhumbu.

Historical monuments such as Dharhara and Basantapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square have been completely detroyed in the country.

In the wake of the disaster, government has declared national crisis and established a fund of Rs. 500 million for the reconstruction of the damaged infrastructures.

The shake was also felt in neighbourig countries including India and Bhutan.