India offer assistance to Nepal in rescue operations after massive earthquake

North Gazette News/New Delhi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday assured Nepal of all assistance in dealing with the aftermath of the massive earthquake and he also chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation.

A spokesperson of Indian government said that the meeting was attended by Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra, the Additional Principal Secretary P K Mishra and senior officials from the Government, IMD, and NDRF.

“TModi had earlier spoken to the President and Prime Minister of Nepal, and the Chief Ministers of the States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim and Madhya Pradesh,” the spokesperson said.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the inputs regarding the extent of damage to life and property received so far from various places in India and Nepal.

The Prime Minister directed immediate dispatch of relief and rescue teams, including medical teams to Nepal, as well as to affected areas in India. He also directed that proper arrangements be made for rendering assistance in evacuation of stranded tourists.

The Prime Minister was informed that the first set of NDRF teams is expected to reach Kathmandu today itself.

The Union Government’s Crisis Management Committee, which met earlier today, will be meeting again later today.

“An Earthquake of magnitude 7.9 occurred today at 11.41 am IST (Indian Standard Time) at a depth of 10 Km with its Epicentral Region located in Nepal about 80 Km NW of Kathmandu. Its Latitude and Longitude are 28.1 N and 84.6 E respectively,” an official of Indian Earth Sciences Ministry said.

Effects of this earthquake were severely felt in all northern and central parts of India including in the capital city of New Dellhi.