Death toll in India-Nepal quake rises to 83

AFP , Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

The death toll of Sunday's earthquake on the Indian-Nepali border rises to 83

The death toll from a 6.9-magnitude quake that hit the India-Nepal border has risen to 83, officials said Tuesday, with much of the worst-affected area cut off by landslides.\

At least 50 people were killed in India's northeastern state of Sikkim in Sunday's quake, Home Secretary R.K. Singh told a press briefing in New Delhi, while building collapses and landslides claimed another 18 lives in adjoining Indian states.

Police said eight people were killed in Nepal, and China's official Xinhua news agency reported seven dead in southern Tibet.

Tremors were felt more than 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) away in New Delhi to the west, and in Bangladesh to the east.

Rescue teams heading to the mountainous area faced a difficult task with cracked roads blocked by falling rocks and mud.

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