At least four persons sustained injuries after the earthquake measuring 5.8 in the Richter scale damaged houses in various parts of Lamjung district this morning.

The earthquake with its epicentre at Bhulbhule of Marsyangdi Rural Municipality-3 in Lamjung district struck at 5:42 am.

The injured have been identified as Uma Gurung, 36, of Besisahar Municipality-6, Khaka Kumari Khadka, 83, of Besisahar Municipality-11, Khushimaya Gurung, 29, of Besisahar Municipality-8 and Govinda Adhikari, 22, of Marsyangdi Rural Municipality-6, informed District Police Office (DPO), Lamjung.

The injured are undergoing treatment at the District Hospital. They have sustained injuries to their head, hands and legs, according to Police Inspector Jagadish Mishra at the DPO.

Among the injured, Uma was half-buried by the house that caved in after the earthquake. She was asleep when the quake occurred. Locals rescued her and took her to the district hospital in an ambulance. Local people vented their ire for the apathy shown by the police during such a disastrous incident even after they were made aware of the situation.

Police Inspector Misha shared that the earthquake has caused damages to the houses of Shumsher Pariyar of Besisahar-1; Deepak Baral, Nabin Baral, and Gore Chhetri of ward-3; Laxmi Adhikari, Tul Bahadur Adhikari and Tek Bahadur Adhikari of ward-6; and Basudev Khatri of Marsyangdi-3.

Also damaged were the houses of Tirtharaj Ghimire of Madhyanepal Municipality-7, and Dhir Bahadur Rimal and Buddi Bahadur Rimal of Besisahar-6.

Most of the houses damaged in the earthquake were made of mud, stones and corrugated sheets, police informed. Additional details are yet to come, police added.

The jolt was also felt in neighbouring districts of Manang, Kaski and Gorkha.

Locals have come out of their homes in search of open spaces due to recurring aftershocks. They are seen in crowds without wearing masks during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis which has also increased the risk of virus transmission en masse.