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India: Buildings evacuated after Afghan earthquake

Hundreds of people wait in the street in Delhi after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck hundreds of miles away across the border in northeastern Afghanistan.

Many rushed out of buildings after the 7.5-magnitude quake hit. Credit: Reuters
People stand on a road after vacating buildings following an earthquake. Credit: Reuters
People wait for news after the powerful earthquake. Credit: Reuters

Grandma killed in India was on 'once-in-lifetime' holiday

A British great-grandmother who died in a train crash in India was on a "once-in-a-lifetime holiday", her family said.

Joan Nichols, 71, from South Shields, and another British woman Loraine Toner, believed to be 60, were killed in the accident.

Mrs Nichol's husband, John, 72, survived the crash and has since been released from hospital.

Mrs Nichols's niece, Andrea Davison, told the BBC she was grandmother to five children and great-grandmother to two children.

She was also a volunteer for the Samaritans.

Tour boss: Passengers in India hospital overnight

Tour boss: Passengers in India hospital overnight. Credit: PA

The boss of Great Rail Journeys tour company has said that two of its passengers will remain in hospital overnight.

Two of our passengers and our Tour Manager remain in hospital overnight, awaiting a full assessment tomorrow.

Some of our passengers have continued the tour to Shimla.

Tonight they will be met there by a Senior Manager from Great Rail Journeys’ head office and tomorrow they will be met by a new Tour Manager, prior to continuing their trip.

The remaining passengers are in Chandigarh; they are meeting our senior company representatives at the moment.

– Great Rail Journeys CEO Peter Liney

He said the firm's own emergency response team from the UK is in Chandigarh.

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