Strong quake shakes In­dia’s re­mote north­east

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A strong earth­quake dam­aged build­ings, killed at least eight peo­ple and in­jured more than 100 in In­dia’s re­mote north­east re­gion early Mon­day.

The death and in­juries were caused by fall­ing de­bris. Ma­nipur state’s home min­is­ter, G. Gaikhangam, said sev­eral ar­eas suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age, es­pe­cially the cap­i­tal, Imphal. He did not give de­tails but told re­porters the sit­u­a­tion was still be­ing as­sessed.

Three peo­ple were killed in Imphal and five in other parts of the state, said po­lice of­fi­cer A.K. Jala­jit.

Me­dia re­ports said five peo­ple were killed in neigh­bour­ing Bangladesh, but there was no of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion.

The 6.7-mag­ni­tude tremor left large cracks in walls, dam­aged a bridge on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal and caused a newly con­structed six-story build­ing to col­lapse. The re­gion is dot­ted with small houses with few tall build­ings.

In­dia’s Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment said the epi­cen­ter was in the Ta­men­g­long re­gion of Ma­nipur. It struck 35 kilo­me­tres (20 miles) north­west of Imphal, 17 kilo­me­tres (10 miles) be­low the sur­face and not far from the border with Myan­mar.

Po­lice of­fi­cer L. Ragui said by tele­phone that dozens of homes were slightly dam­aged in Ta­men­g­long.

Shangthon Kamei, a teacher in Ta­men­g­long, said the earth­quake rat­tled build­ings.

“It lasted for around one minute. We were sleep­ing and were wo­ken up by the earth­quake,’’ he said.

The area is re­mote, with poor cell­phone and In­ter­net con­nec­tions, and in­for­ma­tion about con­di­tions out­side of ma­jor cities may take time to emerge.

Nearly 90 mem­bers of the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force have left to check on re­mote ar­eas, po­lice said.

Imphal res­i­dents said fur­ni­ture was knocked over and books fell off shelves.

“The ground swayed for al­most a minute, jolt­ing peo­ple awake in their homes,’’ said one res­i­dent, Apem Arthur.

AP PHOTO

In­dian sol­diers and lo­cals re­move de­bris from a dam­aged build­ing af­ter an earth­quake in Imphal, cap­i­tal of the north­east­ern In­dian state of Ma­nipur, Mon­day.

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