More than 750 people have died in a massive earthquake of 7.9 magnitude which hit large parts of Nepal on Saturday, news agency Reuters said quoting government officials. Major tremors were felt for nearly a minute across large swathes of Northern India including Delhi. 23 people have died in Bihar, eight in Uttar Pradesh, and three in West Bengal, where 40 children have also been injured after their school was damaged in Malda town.
This earthquake of magnitude 7.9 was the worst to hit Nepal in 80 years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a high-level meeting in Delhi with ministers and top officials to assess the situation. After the meeting, the Prime Minister directed evacuation of tourists and immediate dispatch of relief and rescue teams to Nepal, as well as to affected areas in India.
He has appointed Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy to handle the aftermath in the states bordering Nepal.