Northeast jolted awake by massive 6.8 earthquake

Manipur, the epicentre of the earthquake, worst hit; at least nine killed and over 100 injured

Imphal/Guwahati: People were jolted out of their sleep in northeastern and eastern states including, Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand, and many of them scampered out of their homes, as a strong 6.8 magnitude quake originated in Manipur yesterday morning. At least nine people were killed and over 100 injured as the quake hit the northeastern region and jolted eastern India, damaging buildings and triggering panic.

Residents gather near a collapsed building in Imphal. PIC/PTI
Residents gather near a collapsed building in Imphal. Pic/PTI

While seven people, including an 11-year-old girl, were killed in Manipur’s Imphal West district, one man died in Bihar’s Kishanganj district.

All the seven deaths in Manipur were reported from Jiribam area of Imphal West district, state officials said. About 100 people were injured and of them 33 were critical, official sources said.

The injured have been admitted to RIMS, JNIMS and Shija Hospital, they added.

Epicentre at Barak
The quake struck at 4.35 am with the epicentre at a depth of 17 km in Tamenglong district where many buildings collapsed or developed cracks. But no casualties were reported from Tamenglong. “The epicentre was near the river Barak, so there was little damage. Though cracks have been reported from many houses, so far there has been no report of any casualty,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner Joseph Paulin.

Relief operations
Army and Air Force have mounted relief operations and two teams of National Disaster Response Force were rushed to Imphal while one was being sent to Assam where at least 20 people were injured. “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).

Centre will provide full support, assures HM

Guwahati: Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday announced that he was thoroughly monitoring the earthquake situation and that the Centre would provide complete support to the affected areas. He said, “I am trying to contact people and am monitoring the situation. The Central Government will provide complete support and aid to all affected areas.”

Rajnath Singh at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital. PIC/PTI
Rajnath Singh at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital. Pic/PTI

FB activates safety check
Facebook has activated its safety check tool to help the people affected by the earthquake in Manipur and other northeastern states. “Tremors were also felt in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal. If you appear to be nearby,  we will send you a notification to access Safety Check so you can share that you are safe and see that people you care about are safe as well,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a post.              

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