5 killed, over 50 injured as 6.7 magnitude quake hits India’s North-East

Monday, Jan 4, 2016,11:01 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Imphal | At least five persons were killed and over 50 injured as a high-intensity earthquake struck India’s northeastern region early Monday morning.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake with epicenter in Manipur, causing damage to many buildings and spreading panic, also jolted parts of Tibet.

Manipur bore the brunt of the temblor which struck at 4.35 AM with its epicentre at Tamenglong district at a depth of 17 km below the ground. So far, five deaths and 33 injuries have been reported from Manipur capital Imphal. Damage to a few buildings, residential units and Government offices have been reported, including damage to a six storey building in Imphal, according to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Jolted from their sleep, people ran out of their houses in panic. Many buildings collapsed in Tamenglong while several others in Imphal, including the market complex, developed cracks, sources said. Electricity connection was cut off in the state soon after the quake. A girl was killed in a building collapse at Tamenglong district, while another person died at Taobungkhok village in Imphal West district, police said.

Nearly 20 persons were injured in Guwahati and other areas in Manipur’s neighboring state of Assam due to the earthquake, Assam Commissioner and Secretary (Disaster Management) Pramod Kumar Tiwari told PTI. Officials said at least 30 buildings have developed cracks.

National Disaster Response Force teams have been rushed to earthquake hit areas of North-East early today, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here as he took stock of the situation. The Home Ministry is actively monitoring the situation. NDRF teams, including from Guwahati, have rushed to the affected areas, he said. Singh was in Guwahati last night as part of his two-day trip to Assam and experienced the quake. The Home Minister briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone about the situation and the steps taken for rescue and relief.