Earthquake hits India, claimes at least nine lives

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake near India-Myanmar border kills at least nine, injures about 200 people

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People look at a damaged building at a market place after an earthquake in Imphal, India, January 4, 2016

At least nine people were killed and nearly 200 injured on Monday morning after a 3.6 magnitude aftershock followed a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake in India’s northeastern Manipur state, bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh.

According to the government officials six were killed in India while three people in Bangladesh died from heart attacks.

Anurag Gupta from India’s National Disaster Management Authority told AFP that the capital of Manipur state, Imphal which is the centre of the quake had damaged buildings.

“Five people are confirmed dead and 33 have been injured in Imphal. A six-storey building in the capital was partially damaged and some small structures have also developed cracks,” he said.

People in Imphal rushed out of their homes as power supply and telecommunications links were down in the in Imphal.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)’s 90 personnels have arrived Manipur in order to speed up the rescue operations of local rescue workers.

Some doctors are also seen volunteering for emergency assistance to the injured ones, including chidren.

Indian Interior Minister Rajnath Singh said in a statement after the earthquake that the federal government will help all affected states.

"I have been trying to get in touch with chief ministers of the affected states and have been able to speak to some, including Assam chief minister. We have not been able to get in touch with Manipur chief minister but I spoke to the chief secretary of state. I am taking a stock of the entire situation and according to the information so far there is no need to worry," said Singh.

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi wrote on Twitter that he was in touch with officials in the northeast.

Myanmar and Nepal also felt the tremors of the strong quake. No casualties have been reported in both countries.

TRTWorld and agencies