IMPHAL/GUWAHATI, India, 4th January, 2016 (WAM) — At least six people were killed and over 90 injured as a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the northeastern region of India earlier today, causing damage to buildings and triggering panic. Manipur bore the brunt of the trembler which struck at 4.35 a.m., jolting people out of their sleep, according to the Press Trust of India.
Many buildings collapsed or developed cracks in Tamenglong, where the earthquake had its epicentre at a depth of 17 km. All six deaths were in the state, where 70 people were also injured.
Army and Air Force personnel have joined the relief operations and two teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been rushed to Imphal, while a further team was being sent to Assam where at least 20 people were injured.
“Damage to a few buildings, residential units and Government offices have been reported, including damage to a six storey building in Imphal,” according to the National Disaster Management Authority, NDMA.
Power supply to Imphal city has been disrupted and some power installations have suffered damage, an official statement said after Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha held a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee this morning.
In neighbouring Bangladesh, the BBC is reporting that three people were reported dead while dozens more are being treated in hospital for injuries sustained during the quake.
Casualties have not yet been reported on the Myanmar side of the border, which is sparsely populated.