10 dead as M6.8 quake strikes South Asia

January 3, 2016 10:08 PM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

A powerful earthquake struck South Asia before dawn on Monday, killing at least ten people and injuring nearly 200, with efforts to rescue those trapped in rubble hampered by severed power supplies and telecommunication links.

Medics tend to people who were injured after an earthquake, at a hospital in Imphal, India
Medics tend to people who were injured after an earthquake, at a hospital in Imphal, India

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake of magnitude 6.8 was 57 km (35 miles) deep and struck 29 km (18 miles) west of Imphal, the capital of India’s northeastern state of Manipur, bordering Myanmar.

The quake struck while many residents were asleep, and roofs and staircases of some buildings collapsed in the city of about 270,000 people.

“It was like being tossed around in a frying pan,” said Joy Thanglian, a 33-year-old employee of state energy firm Bharat Petroleum. “Then we ran outside.”

Police and hospitals in Imphal said the toll had reached seven dead, with 100 people injured, 33 of them seriously.

People in Bangladesh and the Himalayan nation of Nepal ran from their homes, and the quake was also felt as far away as the Myanmar city of Yangon, about 1,176 km (730 miles) to the south, residents said. Media in Bangladesh reported three people died of heart attacks with police saying at least 90 were injured. Read More

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