At 11:56 local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with the epicenter in Lamjung District (north-west) of Kathmandu and south of the China border. Dozens of aftershocks followed, including a 6.7 magnitude earthquake on 26 April 2015 at 12:54 local time.
The Government reports that 35 of 75 districts are affected in the Western and Central Regions, including the Kathmandu Valley districts. This includes mountain and hilly areas, disperse rural populations, as well as some very densely populated districts and Nepal’s two largest cities – greater Kathmandu and Pokhara. The most affected districts are Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Ramechhap.
According to the Government, the earthquake caused 2,288 deaths. Over 5,500 people are injured. These figures are expected to increase as more information becomes available. There are no confirmed figures yet on overall affected population. In Kathmandu Valley, hospitals area overcrowded, running out of space for storing dead bodies and lack medical supplies and capacity. BIR hospital is treating people in the streets.
Impacts in Kathmandu valley include collapsed buildings and walls especially historic buildings in centres, but less overall damage and collapse of buildings than expected. The majority of people remain outside houses for the second consecutive night.
Additional information on the crisis is also available on the following websites: