Earthquake in India & Nepal

19 Sep 11

On 18 September 2011 a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit of areas of the northeast state of Sikkim, India and was felt across a wide region including the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan after it struck the border of Sikkim and Nepal. The epicentre was just over 60km north-west of Gangtok. The quake was followed by two strong aftershocks.1

Telephone landlines to Sikkim, India's have been affected making communication with the area difficult. Casualties have been confirmed with continuing rain and landslides hampering the search for survivors. The Indian government has dispatched over 5,000 troops and nine military choppers to Indian quake-hit areas to assist. Disruptions to traffic, power and water supplies, as well as telecommunications in Yadong county, the Tibet autonomous region. There have been reports of several buildings either partially or fully collapsing and large cracks appearing in other buildings. Roads in the regions have been also reportedly suffered varying degrees of damage. A collapsing wall at the British consulate in Kathmandu has resulted in at least 3 fatalities.

Our CAT Team members are on their way to the affected regions and are available to attend to losses so please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.

Cat Director
Avya Kapoor

1 AFP 19 September 2011

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