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Frequent earthquakes have shook some North-Eastern states in the past few months. Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, Kyrmen Shylla said that it is impossible to prevent an earthquake from occurring even asserting that the government would try its best to bring mitigation measures to protect the lives of every citizen in case of any natural disaster striking the State.
“We cannot stop natural disasters. But we can arm the citizens with knowledge to protect themselves if there is an earthquake or any natural disaster,” Shylla told reporters here today.
When asked in terms of preparedness of the State in case a major earthquake occurs, he said that earthquake is the most destructive natural disaster since it occurs without any previous warning and forecasting.
“But we are trying our level best to increase our capacity in terms of level preparedness to deal with any kind of natural disasters. But it may fall short when the real incident occurs,” Shylla said.
It may be mentioned that North-east India including Manipur is in Earthquake Zone V - a “very severe intensity zone.” The region has experienced at least 18 severe earthquakes measuring up to 7 on the Richter scale in the last 100 years. An earthquake of 4.4 on the Richter scale jolted Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya besides neighbouring Bangladesh on Tuesday.