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Earthquake Hits Northeast India, With Deaths And Damage

An earthquake of over 6.7 magnitude hit Northeast India, with deaths and damage. Above, rescuers search for those trapped as a wall collapses in Nepal.

An earthquake of over 6.7 magnitude hit Northeast India, with deaths and damage. Above, rescuers search for those trapped as a wall collapses in Nepal.

An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck northeast India, including New Delhi, the capital, on Sunday evening local time, and there have been at least two aftershocks of over 5.3 already felt, and more are possible.

The number of deaths is uncertain at this time, because some of the area is only sparsely populated, but has now been cut off because of mudslides which were triggered by the earthquakes. However, Chief Secretary Karma Gyatso of Sikkim state, at least five people there were killed and over 50 injured. In Nepal it has been reported that a wall collapsed at the British Embassy killing three people.

In Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim state, as in other areas, there were power cuts as the earthquake struck, telephone lines were knocked out, and roads were reported buckled.

The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called a meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority, and the air force is helping with rescue efforts by sending 5 planes to the region.

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