Indian rescuers continued their efforts to reach remote Himalayan villages on Monday after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the region on the weekend. At least 40 people were reported dead in India, while at least 6 others are dead in Nepal, according to the New York Times. Officials in the region said tens of thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed. Mudslides in the Indian state of Sikkum, where the quake’s epicentre was located, blocked access to several mountain regions that have been damaged. India’s home secretary told reporters on Monday that it is unlikely that the death toll will rise significantly since the state, bordered by Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, is one of India’s most sparsely populated areas.