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Sep 18, 2011 at 09:23pm IST

Quake disrupts power supply in northern Bengal

Kolkata: Power supply was disrupted in parts of northern West Bengal after the quake epicentred near the Nepal-Sikkim border struck the region on Sunday evening, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, adding damage, if any, was being ascertained.

"As per initial reports, in areas near Sikkim like Kalimpong of Darjeeling district, and adjoining Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar districts, power supply has been disrupted," Banerjee said.

However, there were no reports of any casualties so far, the chief minister said, adding Sikkim bore the brunt of the quake.

Quake disrupts power supply in northern Bengal

There are no reports of any casualties in Bengal so far, said Mamata Banerjee.

The Darjeeling district magistrate has been asked to go to the spot to see the situation first hand, she said, adding she could not contact officials of Jalpaiguri district yet.

"Some houses may have developed cracks in the hills, but we are still awaiting confirmation. We are constantly monitoring the situation. If anybody is trapped, then we should all work together to rescue such people. We will help each other," she said.

The chief minister said an emergency helpline (03322145486) has been started at the director general of police's control room at the state secretariat, Writers' Buildings, in Kolkata.

"But there is nothing to panic. The administration is on high alert," she said.

All districts have been asked to start emergency helplines, she said.

Local reports said a crack developed in the police housing complex at Ultadanga in north Kolkata, but the chief minister did not confirm.

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