• At least 21 people have been killed, 16 in India, and 5 in Nepal and over 100 are injured after an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Ric hter Scale shook Sikkim on Sunday e vening, 18 September 2011.
• Strong tremors were a lso felt in parts of North and East India and parts of B angladesh and Nepal, causing widespread panic. The epicenter of the quake is said to be just 64 kilometer North-West of Gangtok.
• Government organizations are trying their best to carry out rescue and relief operations and are conducting rapid damage assessments in remote areas.
• WHO SEARO and Country Offices are in close contact with concerned ministries, monitoring the situation and standby to support emergency supplies and teams as needed.