Manipur Earthquake: NDMA coordinates response and relief

New Delhi: An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude occurred in Tamernglong district in Manipur today at 4.35 AM today and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) started coordinated with the State Governments, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, NDRF, Ministry of Telecom and other departments and agencies for search, rescue and relief.

NDMA spoke to the control room/relief commissioners of all the states in the North-East: Manipur, Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland and the State of West Bengal.

NDMA is working in close coordination and guidance of the Prime Minister¿s Office (PMO). So far, 05 deaths and 33 injuries have been reported from Imphal (at 08:50 AM). Damages to a few buildings, residential units and Government Offices have been reported, including damage to a six storey building in Imphal.

Two NDRF teams are being air lifted from Guwahati to Imphal. Communication systems are functioning, particularly BSNL. There is continuous communication with the state Government. NDMA is monitoring and coordinating all relief activities.

The National Crisis Management Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary will meeting at 10.30 AM today to assess the situation and provide all necessary help from the government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is in Assam, on the developing situation due to the earthquake and asked him to oversee the situation.

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