A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the northeast region early on Monday morning. The states of Manipur, Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland and West Bengal were affected. So far 6 people are said to have been killed and over 100 have been injured.
The first big tremor was felt at 4.35 AM whose epicentre was at Tamenglong district in Manipur, the worst-hit state. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the deaths have been reported from Imphal in Manipur and Siliguri in West Bengal. Several buildings including government offices are reported to have been damaged.
Army and Air Force have joined the relief operations and two teams of National Disaster Response Force have been rushed to Imphal while another team has been sent to Assam where at least 20 people have been injured.
People ran out of their houses in panic when the quake struck. Lalchuailova, a resident of Aizawl in Mizoram said that it was the strongest earthquake he had ever experienced in the last 50 years.
Commerce Minister who is attending a government event in Siliguri tweeted saying “Felt my room shake, in Siliguri government guest house! Hope everyone is ok”.
“Damage to a few buildings, residential units and Government offices have been reported, including damage to a six storey building in Imphal,” according to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Power supply to Imphal was disrupted and some power installations suffered damage, said an official statement after Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha held a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) in Delhi.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is monitoring the situation from Assam, had a telephone conversation with Manipur CM Shri Okram Ibobi Singh and assured him of all support on Monday morning.
NDMA is coordinating with PMO and state governments on an hourly basis to track the situation. NDMA is also coordinating with the control room commissioners of Manipur, Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland and West Bengal.
“Had a telephone conversation on the earthquake in the state & the region”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet after he spoke to Chief Ministers of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Vice President Md Hamid Ansari too expressed his condolences for those who died becasuse of the earthquake.
“I join the people of the country in conveying my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons,” said VP Ansari.
(With inputs from PTI)