Quake leaves one dead, four injured

The powerful earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale that was centered in Sikkim, India has killed at least one and left four injured in Bhutan.

Latest reports coming in say that a 43-year-old woman was killed in Chhukha while she was fetching water from a river side. Falling boulders hit her and buried her.

Affected areas.

The four injured were reported in Haa, a northern part of Bhutan. They have been undergoing treatment at the National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. The three women who have been seriously injured were all students of the institute of language and culture studies in Semtokha.

In Paro, the Ta dzong (administrative unit) suffered some structural damage, while some buildings in Phuentsholing town have also cracked from the tremor.

A massive landslide in Phuentsholing buried a Spark car while it was heading towards hospital. The driver managed to escape.

In Dagana, the quake has damaged Phunsum community primary school in Lajab village.

In Samtshe, nearly a dozen houses in three villages were reported damaged. Similarly, in Bara village, some houses were collapsed.

Also in Chhukha, four schools, three Basic Health Units, and three RNR centers have been damaged.

Similarly, Dagana saw damage of two RNR centers, three schools, five village centers and a Basic Health Unit.

The quake’s epicenter was 64km from Gangtok, Sikkim, India that left many people dead, hundreds injured and numerous infrastructures collapsed in eastern part of India, Bhutan and Nepal. The exact data could not be found as the cellular network was severely disrupted.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley on Facebook has urged the people of Bhutan to remain calm as the god would protect them from any further disaster.

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