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Heavy death toll feared as 6.8 earthquake strikes India

Rain and landslides block rescue efforts of hundreds of disaster workers searching for survivors

Heavy death toll feared as 6.8 earthquake strikes India
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)
Heavy death toll feared as 6.8 earthquake strikes India
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)
Heavy death toll feared as 6.8 earthquake strikes India
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)
Heavy death toll feared as 6.8 earthquake strikes India
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)
Heavy death toll feared as 6.8 earthquake strikes India
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)
Heavy death toll feared as 6.8 earthquake strikes India
Residents gather on the streets near their homes after an earthquake struck on September 18, 2011 in Patna (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy death toll feared as 6.8 earthquake strikes India
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)
Heavy death toll feared as 6.8 earthquake strikes India
Sikkim is India's most sparsely populated state, located in the Himalayas between Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy death toll feared as 6.8 earthquake strikes India
In neighbouring Nepal, at least five people died, Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha told reporters after a cabinet meeting (AFP/Getty Images)