UK regrets loss of life in Nepal quake

Three persons were crushed to death when a wall of the British embassy compound collapsed in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu: The UK on Monday deeply regretted the loss of life in the powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake that killed at least seven people in Nepal as it underlined its commitment "to do everything possible" to help the people and the government to overcome the tragedy.

Three persons were crushed to death when a wall of the British embassy compound collapsed in the capital Kathmandu yesterday following the strongest temblor to hit the country after the devastating earthquake of 1934.

"The British embassy deeply regrets the deaths of three Nepali citizens and injuries to others as a result of the collapse of part of the embassy compound perimeter wall," the UK mission said in statement here.

John Tucknott, the British ambassador to Nepal, visited relatives of the dead today and expressed his condolences as the mission underlined its commitment "to do everything possible to help the local community and the Government of Nepal".

Two persons were also killed in Sunsari district and one each in Dhankuta and Sankhuwasabha districts in eastern Nepal, according to Home Ministry sources.

Altogether, 41 people were seriously injured while 68 others sustained minor injuries, said the sources.

The epicentre of the earthquake was the border between Taplejung district of Nepal, 300 km east of Kathmandu, and Sikkim and Darjeeling of India, according to National Seismological Department of Nepal.

This is the strongest temblor recorded in Nepal after the devastating earthquake of 1934 which killed 15,000 people. The earthquake damaged 103 houses mainly in eastern Nepal districts including Taplejung, Sankhuwasabha and Ramechhap districts. A dozen aftershock tremors measuring 4 on the Richter scale have been recorded in Nepal.

Meanwhile, rescue efforts were affected as some 40 police stations in eight eastern districts have been partially destroyed. While electricity and phone services remain affected in the region.

According to state-run RSS news agency, the Kathmandu District Administration Office has announced Rs 25,000 as compensation to each of the three people, who died when the wall of the British Embassy compound collapsed on them.


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