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Quake toll mounts to 52

Gangtok: At least 52 people have been killed, including 39 in Sikkim, and hundreds injured in the powerful 6.8 magnitude quake that hit the Himalayan state, causing widespread damage to buildings and roads.

A damaged temple cupola in Siliguri after an earthquake hit Sikkim on Sunday. AFPWest and South districts remain inaccessible for the Army with no relief work having reached the areas, Major General S L Narasimhan, GOC 17 Mountain division told reporters here today.

Sikkim, which bore the brunt of the quake, accounted for 39 deaths alone, with most casualties taking place in the North district and in towns and villages located along the Teesta river, officials in the district control room said.

Eight persons travelling in a bus of Teesta Urja Limited Company in North district are presumed dead as their vehicle got stuck under debris, Narasimhan said.

This, however, has not been incorporated in the official toll.

Six people have died in different areas of north Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on her way to Kurseong, said adding she would review the situation there with officials.

In Bihar, seven people have died with several houses being damaged in four districts.
While Darbhanga alone accounted for four deaths, one each was reported from Nawada, Nalanda and Bhagalpur districts, officials at the state headquarters said.

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