Big earthquake in Sikkim, 18 dead, over 100 injured
Updated: September 19, 2011 08:10 IST
New Delhi: At lowest 18 people have been killed, 13 in India and 5 in Nepal, and also over 100 are injured soon after an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale shook Sikkim this evening. Powerful tremors were also believed in parts of North and East India in addition to parts of Bangladesh along with Nepal, causing widespread stress. The epicentre of quake is said being just 64 kilometres Upper-West of Gangtok.
Seven people, including two Armymen, were killed in Sikkim and 33 others received injuries there. In Bihar, a seven-year-old girll was among two dead. Latehar was one with the worst hit in Asia; two people have perished there and wide cracks are visible on households. Roads also cracked in many places and residents leaped out on the streets. Four more died throughout West Bengal. Of the five people killed in Nepal, three casualties were being reported from Kathmandu, the place that the British embassy collapsed as well as smashed a car.
Tremors were felt inside Lucknow, Patna, Kolkata, New Delhi and the Country wide Capital Region, which sent thousands of people running out of their homes. (Forum: Did you feel the tremors?)
Three aftershocks, associated with magnitude 5.7, 5.1 and 4.5 a dozen were also felt with Sikkim, says the Indian Meteorological Department. (Buzz on Twitter)
Many buildings with Sikkim developed cracks, including the Sikkim Manipal University developing.
The Indo-Tibetan Line Police (ITBP) has released search and rescue functions in the Pegong part of north Sikkim which may be "badly affected." The ITBP rescued 15 dangerous tourists and 150 villagers in their functions. They have been gone after battalion headquarters. Rescue businesses are, however, being hindered by heavy rainfall and also landslides. (Read: ITBP relief 15 tourists, 150 villagers)
Apart from 5 civilians, two Army staff have also died in Sikkim. There has already been extensive damage to Military structures in North Sikkim. The Army shuttle bus, which was missing following the earthquake, has been discovered. All the Armymen in the bus are safe.
Several teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are actually rushed to Sikkim in addition to five more teams ended up being sent from Kolkata, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth instructed reporters after a getting together with of top officials with Delhi convened on the actual direction of Prime Pastor Manmohan Singh. The PM has also spoken to be able to Sikkim's Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and presented help. (Read: PM purchases meeting of disaster authority)
The NDRF employees, including 20 doctors, will be in Siliguri to help and also rescue those trapped. Primary Siliguri-Gangtok highway is actually blocked at 25 sites; the Army is looking to open the highway.
Twelve engineer columns are shifting from Siliguri to pay off the four blockages in the actual Siliguri-Gangtok route. Great deal of civilians have been accommodated in Kalimpong in Western side Bengal and other places in Sikkim.
There isn't a electricity in Gangtok as well as Darjeeling. Telephone lines have snapped in some aspects of Sikkim; phone lines usually are congested in West Bengal. (Read: Many damage in Bengal, power provide disrupted)
Five Indian Airforce planes have also recently been pressed into action pertaining to relief operations. Small Military columns in Sikkim are also mobilised post the temblor.
The quake comes only days after an seism of 4.2 size hit Haryana's Sonepat area, sending tremors in Brand-new Delhi. (Read: Sikkim seism is India's fourth this specific September)