Lamjung District is a part of Gandaki Pradesh. It is one of the 77 districts of Nepal. The district has Besisahar as its district headquarters. It covers an area of 1,692 square kilometres and as of 2011 had a population of 167,724.
This district lies in the mid-hills of Nepal spanning tropical to trans-Himalayan geo-ecological belts, including the geographical midpoint of the country. It has mixed habitation of casts and ethnicities. It is host to probably the highest density of the Gurung ethnic population in the country.
At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, this District had a population of 167,724. Out of which 58.6% speak Nepali, 29.8% Gurung, 6.6% Tamang, 1.8% Newari, 1.0% Dura and 0.9% Magar as their first language. 38.7% of the population in the district spoke Nepali and 1.3% Gurung as their second language.
The epicentre of an earthquake on 25 April 2015 was near Lamjung District. Most of the major damage and casualties took place in nearby Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. The death toll was placed at over 8,800. However, only four deaths were reported in this district.
While Lamjung was the district with the 20th most deaths in Nepal, it was severely damaged. The villages of Bichaur, Ilampokhari, Dudhpokhari, Gauda, Kolki and Pyarjung were the most affected. Assistant Sub Inspector Bir Bahadur Thapa Magar identified the four deaths in Lamjung District.
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