Nepal has been struck by a devastating earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.4, resulting in at least 128 fatalities and numerous injuries.
The tremor, which occurred late on Friday, caused extensive damage in the western district of Jajarkot, with officials expressing concern that the death toll could rise as communication with the remote epicenter area remains challenging.
The quake, felt as far as New Delhi, India, is the most severe since the 2015 disaster that claimed approximately 9,000 lives and inflicted significant damage to Nepal's cultural heritage and infrastructure.
Thsi is reported by Reuters.
The current quake's epicenter was near the village of Ramidanda, approximately 500 kilometers from Kathmandu, where residents also experienced the tremors.
In Jajarkot alone, at least 50 people have been hospitalized, and many homes have been reduced to rubble or severely damaged, prompting thousands to spend the night outdoors in fear of aftershocks.
Rescue efforts are underway, but are hampered by landslides that have blocked roads leading to the affected areas.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has visited the site with an army medical team to coordinate search, rescue, and relief operations.
The government has mobilized security agencies for immediate action, while local media and social platforms are flooded with images and videos of the destruction, capturing the chaos and fear among the populace.