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Earthquake, Landslide, Sikkim - North East India

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Type of Event:
Earthquake, Landslide
Location of Event:
Sikkim, North East India
Date of Charter Activation:
Charter Requestor:
Director Disaster Management Support Office

Description of the event

The epicentre of India’s North-eastern state, Sikkim, was struck by an earthquake at a magnitude of 6.8 on Sunday. Shortly after the quake, two strong aftershocks followed also affecting Nepal and Tibet.

At least 18 people were killed, and officials in Sikkim fear that the toll could rise after rain and landslides prevent search and rescue operations. Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura and other north-eastern regions in India also felt the quake.

In Tibet’s Yadong County, after the quake; buildings have been evacuated, several landslides are affecting water supplies, power, traffic and telecommunications. Chinese authorities are sending relief supplies to affected areas.

Officials in all regions are working together as rescue operations continue searching mountainous areas hit by the earthquake.