Updated: April 26, 2015 3:04:24 am
The second phase of the West Bengal municipal polls was overshadowed by the earthquake that claimed five lives.
Daily wage earner Manglu Roy was working at a construction site in Bhaktinagar police station area of Jalpaiguri district when the quake struck. The 50-year old man died on way to North Bengal Medical College hospital.
In Naxalbari, Rukban Khatun, 42, reportedly suffered a fatal stroke due to panic triggered by the tremors.
A 65-year-old man reportedly died on the spot after falling from the terrace of a house in Malda district’s Manickchak area. Two more deaths were reported from Kaliachak area in incidents of house collapse.
In Siliguri, many buildings developed cracks and the balcony of a three storied building collapsed at Pradhan nagar, though no one was injured. Nearly 15 persons in Darjeeling sustained minor injuries, said SP Akhilesh Chaturvedi.
Over 125 children in Malda were at school when the quake struck and in a rush to get out of the school building, several of them were hurt.
Jaipaiguri district magistrate Preetha Sarkar said about 9 persons, mostly women, had been admitted to hospital with “mental trauma.”
PM Narendra Modi called West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and took stock of the damage. Later, Banerjee called an emergency meeting and directed state administration to mount relief and rescue operations in affected areas.
Banerjee said: “The earthquake has also caused extensive damages in Bengal…We are providing all support.”
She later said many tourists from Bengal are stranded in Nepal and the state government is making arrangements through the MEA to ensure their safe return.
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