Heavy death toll feared as 6.8 earthquake strikes India

Rain and landslides block rescue efforts of hundreds of disaster workers searching for survivors
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Indian men inspect a damaged temple minaret in Siliguri after an earthquake hit the mountainous northeast Indian state of Sikkim, on September 18, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
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A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit a remote Himalayan region in northern India on Sunday evening, killing at least four people and five in neighboring Nepal as well as damaging buildings and blocking roads, officials said (AFP/Getty Images)
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Two people, including a child, died in Sikkim state, the epicenter of the earthquake, and two others died in Bihar state in a stampede sparked by the quake, CNN-IBN broadcaster said (AFP/Getty Images)
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A man looks out a collapsed house damaged by an earthquake in Bhaktapur, some 12 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu, on September 19, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian residents gather near a damaged car and wall rubble in Siliguri after an earthquake hit the mountainous northeast Indian state of Sikkim, on September 18, 2011. A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the northeast Indian state of Sikkim, triggering strong tremors felt in neighbouring Nepal and Bhutan. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents gather on the streets near their homes after an earthquake struck on September 18, 2011 in Patna (AFP/Getty Images)
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Nepalese rescue volunteers and security personnel stand on the rubble of a British Embassy wall collapse. Sikkim is prone to landslides and many high-rise buildings have sprung up in its mountain towns over the last few years of economic boom (AFP/Getty Images)
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Sikkim is India's most sparsely populated state, located in the Himalayas between Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet (AFP/Getty Images)
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In neighbouring Nepal, at least five people died, Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha told reporters after a cabinet meeting (AFP/Getty Images)