A powerful earthquake has struck the border between Nepal and India, killing at least 69 people.
This is reported by Reuters.
The epicentre was reportedly 36 kilometres southeast of the Nepalese city of Jumla, with a population of about nine 'thousand people, and 166 kilometres northeast of the Indian city of Bahraich, home to about 182,000 people.
According to the Nepalese authorities, the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.4, but the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) later reduced the magnitude to 5.7. In turn, the US Geological Survey estimated the quake's magnitude at 5.6, and the Indian Seismological Centre at 6.4. Nepalese authorities report that they have not yet managed to establish contact in the area near the epicentre in Jajarkot. Local official Harish Chandra Sharma said at least 34 people were killed in his area, while in the neighbouring Rukum West district, police officer Namaraj Bhattarai reported 35 dead;