Imphal : A strong earth-moving activity has resulted in death of at least five persons and caused injuries to more than 90 people, as a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake with epicentre in Manipur today hit the northeastern region, causing damage to many buildings and spreading panic. The most-affected region was area of Manipur, as Manipur bore the brunt of quake which struck early morning, with its epicentre at Tamenglong district at a depth of 17 km below the ground. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported in its initial statement — So far, five deaths and 33 injuries have been reported from Imphal. Damage to a few buildings, residential units and Government offices have been reported, including damage to a six storey building in Imphal.
The early morning calamity woke up many people from their slumber, as the quake registered around Sunrise time, during which many shelter homes still slept to the peace of dawn, not anticipating any such rocky wake up call at the wee hours of morning. Jolted from their sleep, people ran out of their houses in panic. The impact was huge, resulting in immediate effect on buildings, as many buildings collapsed in Tamenglong while several others in Imphal. Cracks on cement structures showed up in the entire activity zone, and fissures were visible immediately in buildings of market complex, houses and other establishments. As a precaution, and as a result of such earth movement, electricity connection was cut off in the state soon after the quake.
The effect moved towards Assam region, wherein, nearly 20 persons were injured in Guwahati and other areas in Assam due to the high magnitude of quake, as confirmed by Assam Commissioner and Secretary (Disaster Management) Pramod Kumar Tiwari to media.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took cognizance of the situation and spoke with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who happens to be in Assam, and asked him to oversee the situation arising due to earthquake. PM Modi also spoke with Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and other Chief Ministers in the region to take first hand report of situation. Home Minister conveyed — MHA is actively monitoring the situation after the earthquake in the North East region.
Rescue work has been put into place, and two National Disaster Response Force teams were air lifted from Guwahati to Imphal. The NDMA stated that it was co-ordinating with state governments, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, NDRF, Ministry of Telecom and other concerned Government departments and agencies for search and rescue, and was working upon prompt relief measures.