7 killed as quake leaves trail of destruction in Tibet

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Earthquake in North east India
Beijing, Sept 19: At least seven people have been killed and 22 others injured in Tibet as the earthquake that hit Sikkim and other North Eastern states in India also rocked the Chinese autonomous province leaving trail of destruction.

The earthquake has caused hundreds of landslides that have disrupted traffic, power and water supplies, as well as telecommunications in Yadong County, Tibet, which is 40 km away from Sikkim, the epicenter of the 6.9-magnitude quake.

Local authorities in Xigaze Prefecture, who administers Yadong, have mobilised workers to use heavy machinery to clear debris from major roads in order to ensure the expedient transport of relief supplies, state-run Xinhua reported today.

The road traffic to the Himalayan county resumed today. Xinhua reporters arriving at the county this morning saw dozens of earthquake victims wrapped in cotton quilts camp on street enduring rain and sleet.

Dianzin Namgyai, secretary of the Xigaze Prefecture committee of the Communist Party of China, visited victims in Galingang Village, one of the worst hit in the quake. He said all 156 houses in the village were damaged -- leaving villagers homeless.

"Relief supplies are on the way to Yadong," he said, adding that 500 tents have been sent.

Wang Changlin, rector of the Yadong County Middle School, said the school had to stop classes today, as all 355 students are temporarily living in six tents.

The earthquake occurred at 6:11 p.m. local time on the India-Nepal border last evening. The epicenter was located 68 km northwest of Sikkim's capital Gangtok, at a depth of 19.7 km.

PTI

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