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President, PM, Khaleda, Raushan mourn Nepal quake deaths

29President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday mourned the death in Nepal and other countries following the 7.9 magnitude earth quake that devastated vast areas of the Himalayan country. In a condolence message, the President expressed deep shock at the loss of lives in Nepal, Bangladesh and India after the midday quake, the worst to hit Nepal in more than 80 years. He prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls and conveyed sympathy to members of the bereaved families, his press secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed frofound shock at the death of hundreds of people in Nepal, India, Bangladesh and other parts of the region in the strong earthquake, PM’s Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhuri has said. The strong tremor, the epicenter of which was in Nepal, killed over 1100 people across a swath of four countries as it collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the South Asian nation in over 80 years. In similar messages, Opposition Leader Raushan Ershad and BNP chief Khaleda Zia also expressed shock at the huge loss of lives and property in a powerful earthquake in Nepal, India, Bangladesh and China. In hercondolence message, Khaleda said, “I’m profoundly shocked at the death of hundreds of people in Nepal…I express my solidarity and sympathy to the affected people of Nepal in the terrible natural disaster.” The people of Bangladesh will remain beside the citizens of Nepal at this danger period, she added. The BNP chief prayed to the Almighty Allah to give the people of the earthquake-affected countries the strength to bear the shock and losses caused by the natural calamity. Khaleda prayed for salvation of the departed souls and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members. She wished early recovery of those injured in the disaster. Khaleda also called upon the global community to come forward to help the affected people of Nepal, report agencies.