Earthquake takes lives of two in Guwahati

Earthquake takes lives of two in Guwahati

GUWAHATI: High intensity earthquake in Northeast on Monday morning took lives of two in Guwahati. Two elderly people have reportedly died in earthquake as they got heart attacks in the tremor. The deceased have been identified as Niranjana Das of Pandu and Raju Bora of Maligaon area in the city. At least 15 people who were injured in different parts of the city are undergoing treatment in Guwahati Medical College and Hospital.

Two people got seriously injured in Chandrapur area of the city when a roof fell off their body. A young girl in Chandmari area got serious head injury in a similar case. Similar incidents have been reported from Pandu, Maligaon, Beltala and Kumarpara area of the city.

Many buildings of Guwahati including the Guwahati Medical College & Hospital and two high rise buildings in Kumarapara area developed cracks during the jolt though there is no injury reported yet.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi visited the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital to take stock of the condition of the people injured in the earthquake. Gogoi asked the medial team to ensure best possible treatment for the victims.

Talking to reporters at the GMCH premises, Gogoi said that barring a three or four others have sustained minor injury where treatment is going on.
After that Tarun Gogoi hunkered down with top officials in Dispur to take stock of the post quake situation in the state. Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority and Additional Chief Secretary of Assam government MGVK Bhanu were present in the meeting.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called up Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to take stock of the situation on Monday morning. He also reportedly talked to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is
currently in the state to review the border situation. The Prime Minister has assured all possible help to expedite the rescue operations. Rajnath Singh also visited GMCH to take an account of the health of the people injured in the earthquake.

Two Teams of NDRF have been rushed to Imphal from Guwahati to expedite the rescue operation in the state where eight people lost their lives and more than 100 got injury.

On the other hand, the entrance gate of the historical Mandir of Hajo in Assam got cracked. Many bridges across the state have also destroyed during the shake.

The Tea Tribe welfare office and a sub-police outpost in Hojai have been partly damaged in Hojai district of Assam.

In Majuli of Jorhat district more than hundred houses have been destroyed during the earthquake though there is no report of casualty other than minor injuries.

The NEF railway authority,however, has reported no damage of the railway tracks across the state.

DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh has stated that the PMO closely monitoring earthquake affected areas, Centre in touch with affected state governments in Northeast.

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