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Monday, March 29, 1999 Published at 03:36 GMT


World: South Asia

Earthquake hits India


Officials in northern India say at least thirty-five people have died after a powerful earthquake hit a remote mountainous region in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

More than one-hundred people were injured by the quake, which measured six-point-eight on the Richter scale, and was followed by several aftershocks.

The victims include six prisoners who died when the police station they were in collapsed.

Correspondents say the casualty figures are likely to rise as more details come in from isolated areas.

Airforce helicopters are taking part in the relief operation and meteorological officials have warned of further tremors. The earthquake was centred in the Chamoli and Garhwal districts of Uttar Pradesh in the Himalayan foothills, but its effect was felt over a wide distance, including in the capital, Delhi, about three-hundred kilometres away.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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