New Delhi, April 30: When Kathmandu Valley was struck by a devastating earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Ritcher Scale on Saturday, April 25, Nepal Prime Minister came to know about the disaster through Indian PM Narendra Modi's tweets [Koirala came to know about quake from Modi's tweets].
Koirala was away on an official visit to Thailand when he learnt about the earthquake from Modi's tweet. According to a TOI report, Modi told reporters on Wednesday that Koirala had called him to say that his tweet was the first source of information about the quake.
"I get information because I remain connected," Modi said. Modi recalled an incident when he was the chief minister of Gujarat, when one person called him at 3.15 am to call about a huge explosion-like noise nearby. The caller said that it could be a possible railway accident since the raliway lines were closeby.
Modi then called the chief secretary, the district collector who did not know of the train accident. Since Modi knew of it, rescue teams were sent immediately and the injured were taken to a hospital nearby.
Nepal earthquake death toll has crossed 6,000 as of Apr 30
The Nepal earthquake death toll has crossed 6,000. Rescue efforts are being carried out as many are still stuck under debris with any food supplies.
India was the first country to send aid and relief materials in Nepal. Personnel of the Indian Army and other rescue teams are in the Himalayan nation at present busy in search, rescue and rehabilitation efforts.