Low-intensity tremors, which continued to rock north Sikkim one and a half months after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the region, have killed two people at Dzongu which had borne the brunt of the September 18 calamity.

The tremor measuring 3.2 on the Richter Scale killed an 85-year-old resident of Nung village and a 27-year-old man hailing from Lingdem Basti in the region on Saturday morning, delayed reports said.

Police sources said the 85-year-old was trying to escape from his house which was violently shaking when the temblor struck at around 8:30 a.m.

Medical reports said his death was triggered by a heart attack after he slipped down the stairs.

Another casualty was a 27-year-old man, Sonam Wangyal Lepcha, from Lingdem Basti who died after he fell down from the Lingdim Bridge at Dzongu.

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling visited the affected area today and met the affected families. He distributed Rs. one lakh each to the families as ex-gratia.

Keywords: Sikkim quake


Sikkim quake uniqueOctober 7, 2011