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Death toll increases as rescuers try to reach Himalayan quake survivors

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An Indian girl who was injured in a building collapse that followed an earthquake is treated at a hospital in Siliguri, India on Sept. 19, 2011. Rescue workers in helicopters and earth movers raced Monday to reach Indian villages cut off by mudslides after Sunday's powerful earthquake damaged more than 100,000 homes in the remote Himalayan region, officials said.

Msnbc.com news services report

At least 25 people died in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, where the quake was centered near India's border with Nepal, police said.

"The situation doesn't look good," an official from the U.N.'s disaster management team in New Delhi told Reuters. "My feeling is the death toll and number of injured are going to increase."

"People are still panicky," Pawan Thapa, a resident of Gangtok, told Reuters by phone. "We spent the whole night outside our homes." Read more...


Part of a damaged and blocked road is seen in Gangtok, India.

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