Northeast earthquake: Centre will provide full support to affected areas, assures Rajanth
Guwahati: Following the massive earthquake in Manipur which affected the neighbouring north-eastern states, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday announced that he was thoroughly monitoring the situation and that the Centre would provide complete support to the affected areas.
'The Prime Minister called me at 6 am today and told me to assess the situation in all the states. I am trying to contact all the Chief Ministers and so far I have spoke to the Assam CM. I am having trouble contacting Manipur's CM but I have spoken to their Chief Secretary and he told that the situation is not too serious right now,' Rajnath told the media here.
He added that one person had been killed in Manipur after a mud house collapses and around 40 to 45 people have suffered minor injuries. 'I am trying to contact people and am monitoring the situation. The Central Government will provide complete support and aid to all the affected areas,' the Home Minister said.
Six people have been killed so far after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck near the India-Myanmar border around 4:30 am today with the epicentre in Tamenglong district of Manipur. Subsequently, tremors were felt in the north east states and West Bengal and according to the US Geological Survey, the quake was 57 kilometres deep.
Meanwhile, a team from the National Disaster Response Force has been instructed to move from Guwahati to the areas affected by the earthquake, according to the Prime Minister's Office. Two NDRF teams comprising 90 members have been rushed to Imphal from Guwahati.