Earthquake hits Nepal, Bangladesh, India; more than 800 dead in Nepal, 2 in Bangladesh

Image: Powerful earthquake hits Nepal

Two women died during evacuation in Tangail and Pabna districts after an earthquake, followed by a shockwave, hit different parts of Bangladesh.

At least two buildings in the capital, Dhaka, tilted in impact as panicky people rushed out of their homes and offices for safe places with the whole country shaking twice in the span of half an hour this afternoon.

The jolt was felt shortly after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck an area between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said.

The Tangail woman has been identified as Parina Begum, 25, wife of one Sukur Uddin of Saidpur village in Mirzapur Upazila.

After she rushed out of her home, she had heart attack.

When rushed to Kumudini Hospital, doctors declared her ‘brought dead’.

Meanwhile, the Pabna victim, Rokeya Khanam Eti, 60, wife of Pabna municipality Awami League president Sohrab Hossain, also ran out of her home to go to the nearby road for safety. She suddenly fell and had cardiac arrest.

When taken to Pabna General Hospital, doctors declared her dead.

The magnitude of the earthquake in Bangladesh was around 4, Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, former president of Earthquake Society, told The Daily Star.

GAZIPUR

At least 50 garment workers were injured inside the 10-storey building of Al-Muslim Group at Ulail when the workers were rushing towards the exit when the tremor hit the country after 12:15pm, reports our Savar correspondent.

The workers got panicked as they thought that their building was going to collapse like Rana Plaza, Rafique, a factory worker, told the correspondent.

MYMENSINGH

At least eight students of Kalikabari Government Primary School were injured in a stampede while coming out of their two-storey school building in Dhobaura upazila.

INTERNATIONAL

According to a report by Haaretz, at least 876 people were confirmed dead in Nepal, according to the police. Another 20 were killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. Given the scale of the destruction, the death toll is almost certain to rise, said Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal.

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Source: Daily Star, Haaretz