UTTARKASHI, India — His fingers torn and bleeding, Jagat Singh clawed through the debris of his stone-and-mud house for two hours to rescue his family. He was lucky--all 10 survived the earthquake.
"Outside, the entire village was wailing, but what could I do? All of us were in the same boat," the 32-year-old farmer said, tears streaming down his ruddy, unshaven face.
In his village of Ganeshpur outside Uttarkashi in the foothills of the Himalayas, 50 houses were destroyed in Sunday's mighty temblor.
At least 665 people died in the quake, including 602 in the Uttarkashi district bordering Tibet, said Jitender Nath Ranjan, director of government relief operations.