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Fresh tremors jolt various States, toll 62

Fresh tremors were felt in the northern and eastern parts of India, including in Delhi, on Sunday, sparking panic even as the death toll in the country after Saturday’s powerful quake in Nepal rose to 62.

The tremors triggered by a strong 6.7 magnitude aftershock epicentred in Nepal were experienced in West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi for over 30 seconds beginning 12-42 p.m. There were reports of people scurrying for safety in several cities and towns.

The government announced a compensation of Rs.6 lakh to the kin of those killed in the country due to the quake as Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the rescue and relief operations both at home and in Nepal at a review meeting and directed that they be speeded up through close coordination among agencies.

At a joint news conference, top officials, who included Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Home Secretary L. C. Goyal, said the death toll in India stood at 62 and the number of injured was 259. On Saturday, 51 deaths were reported.

Giving the break-up, Mr. Goyal said Bihar accounted for 46 deaths while the other deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh(13), West Bengal(2) and Rajasthan(one). A minor girl in Rajasthan was among those killed in fresh tremors on Sunday when a hut collapsed at Roniza village in Bharatpur district.

As many as eight aftershocks have been felt in Bihar in the past 24 hours since a high-intensity earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale rocked Nepal and adjoining countries on Saturday claiming over 2,000 lives, a MeT official said in Patna.

Out of 38 aftershocks emanating from the epicentre of the earthquake in Nepal since Saturday, eight have been felt in Bihar, measuring between 5.5 and 6.9 on the Richter scale, Patna MeT Director A.K. Sen said. -- PTI

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