15 killed, 36 injured in Bihar earthquake

Patna: Two high-intensity quakes rattled Bihar yesterday, claiming 15 lives and injuring 36 in the incident of wall and roof collapses just weeks after the April 25 temblor that left 58 people dead in the state.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told newsmen: “We have information regarding death of 15 persons in incidents relating earthquake today. There is confirmation of six deaths and for rest, the confirmation process is on."

Later in the evening, the special cell of State Disaster Management confirmed 12 deaths while verification for other deaths was on.

Meanwhile, officials in Delhi put the toll due to the fresh tremors in Bihar at 16.

As per confirmed reports, three persons died in Patna, 3 in East Champaran, 2 each in Purnea and Darbhanga and one each in Sitamarhi and Siwan.

One person died of heart attack while running out of his shop during temblor in Biharisao lane in Danapur.

The Chief Minister held a meeting with officials shortly after the seven tremors, the first two measuring 7.3 and 6.2
on Richter Scale and the rest of moderate magnitude, rocked Bihar during the day.

On the CM’s instructions, the district administration has made necessary arrangements in Gandhi Maidan for panicstricken people staying out in the open fearing more tremors. The CM also also ordered closure of all schools in Bihar for summer vacation from today itself.

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