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76-yr-old dies after feeling tremors

Gangtok, Sept. 19: The Sikkim earthquake yesterday claimed the life of a 76-year-old woman who had a cardiac arrest while trying to climb down the stairs after feeling the tremors.

The East district administration today confirmed that no cases of damage have been reported after the 4.1 magnitude earthquake hit Sikkim yesterday evening.

“There has been no damage to private or government infrastructure. I have also contacted the block development officers and have directed them to report if any such incidents have taken place,” said district collectorate, D. Ananadan.

However, a 76-year-old woman at Balwakhani is reported to have died after a heart attack. “The woman has been identified as Chungda Bhutia, a resident of Balwakhani who suffered a cardiac arrest after the quake” said a senior police officer at Sadar police station.

“The woman was declared dead on arrival when she was brought in the hospital” said the additional medical superintendent of Sir Thutop Namgyal Memorial Hospital in Gangtok.

According to one of the neighbours, the old lady was gasping for breath while climbing down the stairs after feeling the tremors.

An official here at the Central Seismology Department in Gangtok said the epicentre of the quake is 26km towards north-east of Gangtok and the tremors lasted for three seconds.

“Sikkim falls in seismic zone four which is quite vulnerable to quakes and tremors measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale is regarded as mild,” said the scientific assistant Prashanta Roy.

A devastating earthquake had hit Sikkim last year on the same day.