Gangtok: At least 18 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Sunday’s 6.8 intensity earthquake that devastated the Sikkim-Nepal border region, jolting large parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal and causing extensive panic. Major relief and rescue operation are started to save people who are still trapped.
The epicenter of the quake was Mangan, 64 km from Gangtok in Sikkim, causing major damages in the area. Mild tremors were also felt in Delhi and other parts of North India.
The death toll is at 18 which comprise 7 in Sikkim, 4 in West Bengal 2 in Bihar and 5 in Nepal. Mobile connectivity has also been affected in the quake-hit areas.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and offered all help. He also directed the cabinet secretary to call an emergency meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority, the reports said.
In Darjeeling, a power substation collapsed, plunging the hills into darkness. Till late in the night, people refused to go back to their homes. Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said “I am worried about Darjeeling.”
In Kathmandu, three persons were killed when a boundary wall of the British embassy collapsed. This is the strongest quake to have shocked the country in 77 years. In 1934, an 8.4-magnitude quake had killed 7,000.