On November 5, 2023, a devastating earthquake struck northwestern Nepal, leaving a trail of destruction and heartache in its wake. The earthquake, which claimed at least 157 lives, has had a profound impact on the region, particularly in Jajarkot district.
Most of the houses in the affected villages, constructed from rocks and logs, either crumbled or sustained severe damage, and even the concrete houses in towns were not spared. The catastrophe left thousands of villagers with no choice but to sleep outdoors, enduring the bitter cold, as they had lost their homes.
Lal Bahadur Bika, a resident of Chiuri village, expressed the heart-wrenching reality faced by the community as they awaited to cremate their loved ones and provided care for the injured. Thirteen bodies, wrapped in white cloth, waited for cremation, serving as a somber reminder of the tragedy.
The survivors did their best to create makeshift shelters for the night, using plastic sheets and old clothes to keep themselves warm. Many were unable to retrieve their belongings from the debris.
The earthquake’s destructive force was particularly brutal, with most of the casualties resulting from houses collapsing under the immense pressure. The challenging terrain and blocked roads due to landslides further complicated rescue efforts. Soldiers worked tirelessly to clear the routes.
The government swiftly initiated efforts to provide aid to the affected areas. Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha highlighted the urgency of the situation, and essential supplies, such as tents, food, and medicine, were flown in to assist the thousands who found themselves homeless overnight.
Survivors shared harrowing accounts of the earthquake’s impact, describing how their homes crumbled while they were sleeping. Rescuers continued their tireless search for survivors, demonstrating unwavering determination and solidarity in the face of adversity.
As Nepal confronts the aftermath of this natural disaster, the nation remains resilient, with relief efforts focused on aiding those in need and helping communities rebuild their lives.