Northeast earthquake: New Delhi rushes in 83 rescuers, doctors on way

Hours after an earthquake hit Northeast India, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is actively monitoring the situation after the earthquake in the Northeastern region. NDRF teams, have been rushed to the affected areas.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | Guwahati | Updated: January 5, 2016 2:09 am
REFILE - ADDING RESTRICTION  A man stands next to a damaged house after an earthquake at P.Molding village on the outskirts of Imphal, India, January 4, 2016. A powerful earthquake struck northeast India and Bangladesh on Monday, killing at least 11 people and injuring nearly 200, with efforts to reach remote areas where people may be trapped hampered by severed power lines and telecommunication links. REUTERS/Stringer  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. A man stands next to a damaged house after an earthquake at P.Molding village on the outskirts of Imphal, India, January 4, 2016. A powerful earthquake struck northeast India and Bangladesh on Monday, killing at least 11 people and injuring nearly 200, with efforts to reach remote areas where people may be trapped hampered by severed power lines and telecommunication links. (Source: Reuters)

The Centre airlifted 83 rescuers of the National Disaster Relief Force from Guwahati to Imphal Monday. Another team of 35 NDRF rescuers was deployed in Silchar.

The dispatch followed a morning meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha.

The NDMC toll free disaster helpline number 011-1078 can be contacted round the clock, the government said.

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A three-member team from Power Grid Corporation reached Imphal for restoration of supply Monday. Connections had snapped in the morning, A team of expert doctors will reach Manipur early Tuesday to assist the state government.

The Centre said the state government has been assured all necessary help. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh — who was in Guwahati —spoke on the phone to Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju reached Imphal from Arunachal Pradesh in the afternoon. Minister of State for Development of the Northeastern Region and in the PMO Jitendra Singh too has reached Imphal.

The Centre said there is no shortage of petroleum products with enough stocks for two weeks. The LPG bottling plant at Sekmai has been temporarily shut down, and is likely to resume by Tuesday after inspection and rectification of damages.

The Home Ministry said it was coordinating with National Disaster Management Authority, NDRF, state governments and various central government departments and agencies.

The NCMC meeting was attended by the secretaries for power and telecom, member of NDMA and DG (IMD). Representatives of the ministries of Home and Defence also attended the meeting. The chief secretary of Manipur participated through a video link.