Bhutan Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 11

THIMPU, Bhutan, Sept. 22 (UPI) — The death toll from Bhutan’s 6.1-magnitude earthquake has risen to 11, including four road workers crushed by boulders, authorities said Tuesday.

The workers died Monday when rocks fell from a hillside during the quake, centered about 110 miles east of Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, CNN reported.

The quake caused millions of dollars in damage in eastern Bhutan and injured an unknown number of people, said Home Minister Minjur Dorji, adding rescuers were still searching damaged buildings.

The injured included several children and monks, whose schools and monasteries were damaged, CNN reported. Two monks had been trapped in a damaged monastery in the country’s eastern Tashigang district, Dorji said.

The quake also was felt in the state of Assam, India, bordering Bhutan.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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