Scores Dead In Himalayan Earthquake
At least 48 people have been killed after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit north-east India and neighbouring Nepal.
The quake was felt across a wide region after it struck the small, landlocked Himalayan state of Sikkim, which borders Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet at about 18.10 (12.40 GMT).
Three victims were killed as a wall collapsed at the British embassy in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu – among them a motorcyclist and his eight-year-old daughter.
At least 60 people were injured in and around Gangtok, the state capital of Sikkim, by mudslides, falling debris and collapsing buildings.
Gangtok resident CK Dahal said: “There is no electricity.
“Everybody is out on the road.
“We all ran out our houses, some even jumped out of their windows.
“You can see some buildings that have developed cracks.”
Tremors from the quake were felt as far as 1,000km (621 miles) away in New Delhi and two strong aftershocks, one measuring 6.1, were also felt across the area.
Sikkim’s chief secretary Gyatso said five people had been killed and 60 hurt in and around Gangtok.
“We have reports of dozens of collapsed houses, and roads to many towns have been blocked by landslides,” Gyatso said.
As many as 1,000 prisoners at Jalpaiguri prison in West Bengal state were also escorted from their cells under guard after the building was damaged by the quake, officials said.