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Quake shakes hill state, 2 killed

May 27, 2007

Gangtok: Two persons were killed in a quake-triggered landslip in South Sikkim yesterday.
As many as seven tremors, most of them between 3 and 5.5 on the Richter scale, were reported from several parts of the state.
Prakash Tamang, a resident of Darjeeling, and Ritesh Chettri of Kalimpong were buried alive when a pile of debris fell on them at a construction site on Ralong Road in Rabongla, 60 km from here. People watched in horror as Tamang, 25, and Chettri, 17, disappeared under almost 12 feet of loose soil after the 10 am quake. The bodies were dug out half-an-hour later by police and handed over to the families after post-mortem.
“Many of us did not feel most of the tremors during the day, but the last jolt around 5 pm was scary. It caused panic with people running helter-skelter,” said Ugyen Gyatso, a resident of Rabongla.
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