Nepal earthquake: PM Modi and other Ministers assess the situation

Reaching out to Nepal which has been struck by a strong magnitude quake, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke to the country's President Ram Baran Yadav.

"PM is trying to reach Nepal PM Shri Sushil Koirala, who is abroad. He has spoken to President of Nepal Shri Ram Baran Yadav," the PMO tweeted. Prime Minister has also taken report of the situation in districts of UP and Bihar that are bordering Nepal besides speaking to the Sitamarhi MP.

 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday appealed for maintaining calmPrime Minister Narendra Modi, New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. File pic.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday appealed for maintaining calm following an earthquake that was felt across India and Nepal, adding that the situation was being assessed. "Earthquake tremors in Delhi. I appeal to people to maintain calm. Officials out in the field to assess the situation," Kejriwal tweeted.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that state government is monitoring the situation closely and urged people to stay calm in the wake of the earthquake. "We are monitoring situation closely in Bengal specially in Darjeeling/Siliguri. Spoke to Sr Disaster Management team & others," Banerjee tweeted. "My prayers with the people of Nepal and across India after the massive earthquake. Hope everyone is safe. Stay calm," she said in the micro-blogging site.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar spoke to Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, state police chief P K Thakur and directed them to alert people particularly of areas bordering Nepal. The DGP told PTI that in deference of the CM's direction, all police heads of the districts have been directed to send alerts to police stations on wireless and assess the extent of damage.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced immediate closure of all schools. The chief minister also asked state Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police, and the District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police across the districts to assess the situation and immediately extend relief to the affected.

- With inputs from PTI

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