Quake hits army bunkers, soldiers injuredSeptember 19th, 2011 - 12:06 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) The earthquake Sunday damaged some Indian Army bunkers in eastern Sikkim near Nathu-La pass along the India-China border and left many soldiers injured, said sources.
Helicopters were deployed to evacuate the soldiers, said sources adding that on-ground army installations were intact. The required soldier strength in the sensitive area was in place, they said.
The 6.8-magnitude quake of around two minutes followed by after-shocks rocked the region and caused the damage to the bunkers. According to sources, rescue work was getting affected because of land slides in the area as a result of torrential rains in the past two days.
Army contingents in small teams have been deployed in rescue missions across Sikkim to provide humanitarian assistance. Army units comprising medical teams, engineer detachments as also personnel for relief and rescue operation have been pressed into service, said sources.
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