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7 magnitude quake hits India’s northeast, leaves 6 dead

A newly constructed six-story building also collapsed in Imphal, the police control room said.

The tremors were felt as far as Kolkata some 600km away in the Indian state of West Bengal. All government offices will remain close for next two days while schools and colleges for next seven days.

“We have stationed an NDRF team at Imphal and Tamenglong to deal with the rescue and search operation”, an official said. Army units in Manipur have already started providing medical assistance to the injured, officials said.

Relief commissioners of all the states in the North-East Manipur, Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland and the State of West Bengal are being contacted on regular basis.

There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Myanmar side of the border, a remote and sparsely populated area that suffered widespread damage this summer from landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains. Tremors were also felt across the belt, including in the bordering regions of Myanmar, Bangladesh and Tibet. “Three people are also reported dead in Assam”, he said.

As well as six people killed, more than were 30 injured in Manipur, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. “It was 7.3 in Richter scale in 1957”.

After Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister spoke to him, the Manipur Chief Minister said that the centre has assured all possible help to him for the quake hit state.

Two teams of NDRF teams have reached to Imphal for immediately relief.

Train services across the region were controlled soon after the quake, but have now resumed as the railways have found there has been no damage to rail lines due to the natural disaster.

According to academics at the Department of Seismological Research at Manipur University, this was the most powerful quake to hit the state since 1957. The toll is yet to be confirmed by the government.

People took to social media to report cracks in their buildings and damage to household items such as mirrors, glass cabinets and ceiling fans.

A magnitude 6.7 quake struck the northeastern Indian state of Manipur early Monday morning. Union Ministers Kiren Rijiju and Jitendra Singh are Manipur, taking stock of the situation.

Rescue teams from India’s paramilitary National Disaster Response Force rushed to the affected areas to provide aid to injury victims, the home affairs ministry said.

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