Manipur limps back to life after devastating earthquake

Several teams of rescuers, medical professionals, and other experts have been rushed to the state; Power supply, telecom services operational

Imphal: Massive relief and rescue operations have been launched in Manipur where a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake claimed eight lives, shattered buildings and caused panic even as the National Crisis Management Committee met to review the situation.

Locals and army personnel carry out rescue work near collapsed houses in Imphal on Monday morning. Pic/PTI
Locals and army personnel carry out rescue work near collapsed houses in Imphal on Monday morning. Pic/PTI

Teams of rescuers from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), rushed from Guwahati, were engaged in clearing the debris and looking for survivors. NDRF teams have been deployed in the worst-hit Tamenglong district, epicentre of the quake, while another is on standby in Silchar in Assam.

Power supply restored
Most offices in the state capital were closed besides educational institutions. Several buildings in Manipur secretariat and the landmark Ima market in Imphal had developed cracks, while some school structures collapsed. Power supply has been restored in the affected areas except in some parts of Senapati and Tamenglong districts. A three-member team from Power Grid Corporation is in Manipur to assist in restoring power supply.

A Central medical team comprising orthopaedics, surgeons, anaesthesiologists and other technicians has also been deputed. According to reports received from Manipur government, 8 people lost their lives and 88 were injured due to earthquake, an official statement said in Delhi.

Assessing safety
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is deploying a team of experts to assess the safety of partially damaged public buildings and advise the state government on issues related to repair and retrofitting of these structures. The statement said, telecom services are fully operational and a senior official from BSNL has reached Imphal to take stock of partial damage and to advise on steps that need to be taken to ensure safety and continuity of the telecom services.

The number of people who lost their lives in Monday’s quake

The number of people injured in the calamity

The NDMA’s toll-free disaster helpline that can be contacted 24x7

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