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Staff Reporter :A massive earthquake originating in Nepal at 7.9 magnitude triggered widespread panic across Bangladesh on Saturday leaving at least six people killed and 100 others injured.   The tremor was also felt in different parts of Northern India, including Delhi, Uttar Prodesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim. The 6.6 magnitudes aftershock came about 20 minutes later and jolted the entire region for the second time.According to United States Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake was Barpak of Nepal, 745 kilometres from Dhaka. The earthquake hit Lamjung, 81 kilometer north-west of Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal, at 12:11:25pm Bangladesh time.Officials of Meteorological Department said the earthquake that hit Bangladesh was of 7. 5 magnitude. It continued for about one minute. And the second jolt, created from the aftershock, was 5.4 magnitude.Office and residential buildings in Dhaka vibrated due to massive quake. River waters and ponds made high waves. People came out of buildings in tremendous panic to find a safe place under open sky.    Former head mistress of Government Gama Primary School in Pabna, Rokeya Begum Eti, 65, died in panic at the time.A patient of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, named Zaheda Begum (22) died when she jumped from fifth floor of the hospital building during the tremor. She was identified as the wife of Mohammad Selim of Chandpur,Besides, a schoolboy was killed on a roof collapse at Dhobaura in Mymensingh district. A readymade garment worker (25) died during the earthquake when he was trying to come out of the building at Savar. Emergency Doctor of Enam Medical College Sohel Rana said, "We have admitted several persons with multiple injuries." Apart from that two women were reportedly killed in Tangail and Bogra. President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia expressed their grief over the loss of lives in the tremor.  Tremor reports also received from Gazipur, Tangail, Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur, Sylhet, Kusthia and other parts of the country.Scores of buildings reportedly tilted in different districts, including a private university in Dhaka, main building of Kusthia General Hospital and administrative building of Islamic University in Kusthia. A multi-storey building of an industrial group was tilted in Sreepur of Gazipur. Besides, cracks have been developed in many other buildings.Fire Service and Civil Defence [FSCD] control room officer Ziaur Rahman said, "In the capital, two high-rise buildings --one at the city's Gulistan and another at Shyamoly--tilted on the impact of the earthquake. Of them, a commercial complex building, 'Barisal Plaza', near Bangabazar in Gulistan area caved in.  "Another building, 'Asha Tower', also tilted at Shyamoly due to the earthquake. Apart from Dhaka, three other buildings tilted at Sreepur and Mawa," he said.Most of the injured were workers of different apparel units. They received injuries in stampedes while trying to escape from their factories. Thirty workers were wounded at a garments factory in suburban Savar while eight people were wounded at a factory in central Comilla, as they rushed together to the staircases in panic.Officials said five geological fault lines run through Bangladesh, exposing the country to the risk of a major quake, where Dhaka alone has some 70,000 vulnerable buildings.As soon as the quake jolted Dhaka, workers of  a factory of 'Al Muslin Group' started to rush out from the premises in panic. At least 50, injured during the stampede, were taken to the nearby Enam Medical College and Hospital.In Tangail, a 25-year old woman named Parina Begum died during the earthquake at Sayedpur village in sadar upazila. She collapsed while she was coming out of the kitchen in haste. In Bogra, a 45 years old woman Morsheda Bibi was killed when a mud wall collapsed on her at Unahotsingra village under Dupchachia upazila. The 70-foot long boundary wall of Nandigram Upazila Health collapsed, while several cracks were found at its administrative building.In Mymensingh, a multistoried commercial building tilted after the tremor at Ganginarpar of the city. Rafiqul Islam, the Headmaster of Kalikabari Government Primary School, and seven students were injured while rushing out of the two-story school building in Dhobaura upazila of the district, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Anisuzzaman confirmed the incident. In Gopalganj, several cracks developed at the administrative building of Fokra Madan Mohan Academy in the sadar upazila, Deputy Commissioner of Gopalganj Khalilur Rahman said. In Feni, several cracks surfaced in Shah Alam Tower, a 10-strey commercial building, on Shahidullah Kaiser Road of the town, Additional Police Superintendent Saiful Haque said. Later, Fire Service sealed the building. In Rajshahi, 16 women were admitted to Rajshahi Medical Hospital in unconscious state after the earthquake. The on-duty doctor said they lost their conscious in fear. However, they were out of danger, he said. Several buildings also showed dent in different areas of the city. In Naogaon, a three storied building slanted at Gostohati More area of the town, Poursova Mayor Nazmul Haque said. In Pirojpur, a teacher and three students were wounded while they were coming out of Ghopkhali Government Primary School building at Mathbaria upazila of the district, a teacher of the school said.

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