Two dead, hundred injured as quake shakes Bangladesh

Dhaka, Jan 4 (IANS) At least two people were killed and 100 others were injured in Dhaka as a massive earthquake jolted northeastern region of India early Monday, sources said.

At least 100 people have reportedly been injured in Bangladesh as many with panic rushed out of their residences for safety, Xinhua reported.

The quake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale, had its epicentre in Manipur’s Tamenglong district.

Dhaka Police and fire officials said there had been no immediate reports of any big damage.

A meteorologist of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said the earthquake, with its epicentre 352 km to the east-northeast of Dhaka, jolted the country around 4.35 a.m.

Thousands of people in Dhaka and many other parts panicked and rushed outdoors following the jolts which lasted for seconds.

Abdur Rahim, a resident of Dhaka, described the jolt as a big crash that shook his house.

Bangladesh, which sits on the zone of earthquake, is prone to tremors and experts have predicted a major earthquake in the near future.

The Earthquake Disaster Risk Index of Stanford University ranks Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka among the 20 cities most vulnerable to earthquakes in the world.

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