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Nepal earthquake: Flights to Kathmandu put on hold

Nepal earthquake: Flights to Kathmandu put on hold

Nepal earthquake: Flights to Kathmandu put on hold

New Delhi: A very powerful earthquake with its epicenter near Kathmandu in Nepal was felt across north India. The 7.7 magnitude earthquake was felt in Delhi and aftershocks are continuing across the Indian capital and other areas in North India even now.

US Geological Survey, immediately after the earthquake felt said that the epicenter was in Pokhara, some 80 kilometers from downtown Kathmandu. Reports suggest large-scale destruction in the Nepalese capital.

Far from the epicenter, earthquake was felt in New Delhi where people came out of their homes scurrying for covers.
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Many areas in Delhi are so congested that people actually felt threatened outside their homes as there is no open place nearby their houses to feel secure. Terming its as a strong earthquake, Met director GL Gautam said that the earthquake was recorded at 21 degree north and 84.6 degree east.

Prime Minister Modi in a tweet said, “News has come in about an earthquake in Nepal. Several parts of India also experienced tremors. We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home and in Nepal”.

In the meantime major Indian carriers- national airline Air India and private carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet, have put on hold their flight services till they get a go-ahead from the Nepalese aviation authorities. “We operated three flights to Kathmandu. While the morning flight from Delhi operated as per the schedule, the two other services, one from Delhi and another from Kolkata are on hold as of now. We will operate them as soon as we get a nod from the aviation authorities in Kathmandu,” an Air India spokesperson told PTI here. Budget carrier SpiceJet and IndiGo have also decided not to operate till they get a clearance from the Nepal government. “As of now we are not operating to Nepal because of the runway closure,” a SpiceJet official said. “We have offered the cargo-belly space to the NGOs and other agencies for transporting relief material free of cost,” he added. IndiGo said that it had called back its Delhi-Kathmandu flight. “Kathmandu Airport is shut. We are in crisis response mode,” IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh said. “In this sort of situation, one can’t predict when the operations would be resumed. Our top priority right now is safety of our staff and passengers,” he said.

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