Casualties mounting in N India earthquake; 18 dead till now

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New Delhi, Sept 19: It was a dark Sunday evening when an earthquake measuring 6.8 in the Richter scale hit parts of North India and Sikkim. With massive search and rescue operations underway, the Army has been pressed into action to deal with the catastrophe. The death toll till now is 18, with 7 people dead in Sikkim, 2 people in Bihar, 4 in West Bengal and 5 in Nepal.

The authorities believe that the casualties could rise. Emergency teams have been dispatched to the region consisting of doctors and engineers. 200 National Disaster Relief Force have reached Bagdogra to help with the rescue efforts.

The deadly quake that struck Mangan in Sikkim have caused massive damages. The tremors were felt in parts of West Bengal, Delhi, Bihar, Orissa, North East and Nepal.

Continuous rain, power disruptions and mobile connectivity issues are hampering rescue operations. The rains are also causing landslides cutting off roads completely.

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