Three dead as earthquake of 6.7 magnitude causes panic in Bangladesh

Dhaka: At least three people were killed and about 40 others injured on Monday in Bangladesh in quake-related incidents as people rushed out in panic after a 6.7-magnitude temblor with epicentre in India jolted the country.

The tremor was felt throughout Bangladesh around 4:35 am local time. In Dhaka, most people rushed out to the streets in panic.

Saiful Hossain Rubel, 22, died in Dhaka's East Jurain due to a heart attack as the quake struck, police said.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

In the suburban Rajshahi city, Khalilur Rahman, a staffer of Rajshahi University, died while rushing out from his home while in Lalmonirhat's Patgram Kadu Miah, 60, died due to a heart attack, the Daily Star reported.

A gas pipeline also burst in Ashulia in suburban Dhaka and a fire broke out. No casualties were reported in the incident.

At least 36 people were admitted in hospitals after getting injured while rushing out of their homes in panic in Dhaka and Sylhet. However, some local media reports said over 100 people were injured nationwide.

Old dilapidated buildings in Dhaka developed cracks as a result of the earthquake and residents of those buildings were asked to evacuate.

Thousands of residents gathered on the streets after feeling the tremors. People were seen running out of their homes to the streets.

At least five persons were killed and over 50 injured in India as the strong earthquake with epicentre in Manipur hit the northeastern region.

Manipur bore the brunt of the temblor as the epicentre was located at Tamenglong district at a depth of 17 km below the ground.


Updated Date: Jan 04, 2016 12:36 PM

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