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Table 1 Fatalities count per district due to the January 15, 1934, earthquake (Rana 1935) and comparison with population estimates

From: Fatality rates of the M w ~8.2, 1934, Bihar–Nepal earthquake and comparison with the April 2015 Gorkha earthquake

  Collapsed building/cracked/damages = total Fatalities count Population in 1921 (BS1977) Population in 1942 (BS1998) Population estimated in 1934 (BS1990) Fatality rate (%)
Kathmandu valley
Kathmandu 725/3735/4146 = 8606 479    81,400 0.59 0.48
Kathmandu vicinity 2892/4062/4267 = 11,221 245    68,600 0.36
Patan 1000/4170/3860 = 9030 547    31,000 1.8 2.2
Patan vicinity 3977/9442/1598 = 15,017 1697    69,000 2.5
Bhaktapur 2359/2263/1425 = 6047 1172    25,000 4.7 2
Bhaktapur vicinity 1444/1986/2388 = 5818 156    40,000 0.39
Total 12,397/25,658/17,684 = 55,739 4296 306,909 323,336 315,000 1.4
Eastern mountain districts
East district 1 (Chautara) 9628/19,391/– = 29,019 356 213,703 248,787 230,000 0.16
East district 2 (Ramechhap) 4687/10,738/– = 15,425 95 177,072 159,775 170,000 0.06
East district 3 (Okhaldhunga) 21,107/15,548/– = 36,655 857 377,774 388,770 144,000 0.23
East district 4 (Bhojpur) 15,048/5/– = 15,053 1597 236,000 0.68
Dhankuta district 6623/15,120/– = 21,743 316 353,062 381,965 370,000 0.09
Ilam district 2316/3112/– = 5428 92 87,475 91,362 90,000 0.1
Udayapur Gadhi district 1052/3917/– = 4969 552 48,913 39,483 44,000 1.1
Sindhuli Gadhi district 3486/3154/– = 6640 109     
Total 63,947/70,985 = 134,932 3974 1,257,999 1,310,142 1,300,000 0.31
Western mountain districts
West district 1 (Nuwakot) 582/1720/– = 2302 10 165,251 239,128 200,000 <0.01
West district 2 (Gorkha) 186/461/– = 647 1 72,203 97,386 85,000 <0.01
West district 3 (Pokhara) 19/65/– = 84 1 221,725 274,779 250,000 <0.01
West district 4 8/1/– = 9 1 183,417 256,941 220,000 <0.01
Chisapani Gadhi district –/18/1266 = 1284 52 66,072 49,659 60,000 <0.01
Total 795/2268/1266 = 4329 65 708,668 917,883 800,000 0.01
Eastern Terai  
Birgunj district 3654/854/2546 = 7054 44 414,557 451,670 430,000 0.01
Mahottari and Sarlahi districts –/4323/268 = 4591 51 471,292 460,943 470,000 0.01
Saptari and Siraha districts 87/428/– = 515 40 377,855 363,941 370,000 0.01
Biratnagar district 13/1/64 = 78 49 211,308 241,474 230,000 0.02
Jhapa district –/–/– = –      
Total 3754/5610/2884 = 12,248 184 1,475 112 1,518 028 1,500 000 0.01
Total Nepal 80,893/104,521/21,834 8519 5,537,785 6,283,715 5,900,000 0.15
Total Bihar (Inde) =207,248 7188    ≈15 000 000  
  1. The population estimation in 1921 and 1942 comes from the Central Bureau of Statistics, Katmandu. The population estimation for 1934 is deduced from an extrapolation in between the values for 1921 and 1942. The population distribution in the valley in 1934 is estimated from the 1953 census (BS2009)