7 killed as quake unleashes destruction in Tibet

The earthquake has caused hundreds of landslides that have disrupted traffic, power and water supplies.

Beijing: 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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