In India, at least 47 people have died and dozens more were injured on Sunday night in an earthquake that measured a magnitude of 6.8.
Rescue workers scrambled to reach in the far-flung villages in the remote Himalayan state of Sikkim on Monday, where sources reported that 24 people had died in Bihar and West Bengal— Indian states which border Sikkim.
The earthquake crushed winding roads, leading to the mountainous regions and dense clouds kept helicopter aid flights grounded. AC Negi, a police official in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim state, said the northern part of the state bore the brunt of the quake.”We can not damage because many areas are inaccessible,” said Negi. “We do our best.” Eight people were sitting on a bus in a landslide, but rescuers caught in the trap still unable to reach them, he said.
Indian Home Secretary, RK Singh, told reporters that he will go to Sikkim to be expected in the evening, and a dozen teams of troops in case of national disaster reaction force were taken by standing on a nearby airport, as soon as the weather Sikkim to be clarified.