At least four persons including an eight yer old girl were killed while over a dozen sustained injuries in UP as they were trapped under debris of structures collapsed due to tremors that hit across the state. Though Met officials in Lucknow could not provide accurate reading, but they claimed that tremors were of ‘great’ intensity in the state.
Casualties were reported in Barabanki where three persons died while eight others were injured as they were trapped under the debris of a wall that collapsed in Basantapur village. After treatment at a primary health centre, all the injured were rushed to district hospital that was put on alert.
An eight-year old girl died in Sant Kabir Nagar after a kuccha wall fell on her due to tremors. Three minor students of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Siddharth Nagar sustained injuries after a railing fell on them on school campus.
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UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav spoke to Prime Minister over phone and informed that government machinery has been put on high alert for any eventuality in view of the earthquake. CM has issued instructions to all DMs and SSPs to be on alert and send proper communications to people to prevent panic.
To take stock of situation in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, PM talked over phone to Union Minister Kalraj Mishra who was in Varanasi on Saturday.
Lucknow Chief Medical Officer SNS Yadav informed that all hospitals in the city have been alerted and beds have reserved for earthquake victims and free treatment for all injured. The government directed to close down all the schools of the state for Saturday. Lucknow District Magistrate Raj Shekhar said that looking into the frequent and moderate magnitude earthquake, all schools and colleges are instructed to evacuate all children and to send them back home safely by all available means.