Nepal earthquake: 34 killed in Bihar, UP, West Bengal

North Gazette News/New Delhi
Indian government on Saturday confirmed 34 deaths in three states of Bihar (23), Uttar Pradesh (8) and West Bengal (3) due to massive Nepal earthquake.

A spokesperson of Indian government said that five teams of National Disaster Response Force( NDRF) have already been sent to affected areas of these three states.

“One team of NDRF has been sent to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh while one team each have been sent to Darbhanga, Supaul, Motihari and Gopalganj in Bihar,” the spokesperson said.

“Control Rooms 24X7 have been set up both in MHA and NDMA with following number:-011- 2309 3564, 23093566 (MHA Control Room ), 011-26701728, 26701729, 9868881801(M) – (NDMA Control Room). Meanwhile, an inter Governmental coordination cell has been set up in Cabinet Secretariat which will coordinate all relief measures for Nepal as well as for Indian States,” the spokeserson said, adding that this will function on round-the-clock basis and the phone numbers are:- 011-23016633, 23792281.

Indian government spokesperson said that each team of NDRF consists of 45 personnel who are fully equipped with the modern equipments to deal with search and rescue operations.

“The team also includes medical and para-medics and these teams have equipments such as live detector machines, cutters which can cut steel, concrete and wood,” he said, adding that there are sniffer dogs in these teams, making them self-sufficient to deal with all aspects involved in search and rescue operations after an earthquake.

It is pertinent to mention here that an earthquake with an intensity of 7.9 on ritcher scale with epicenter 77 kilometer north-west of Kathmandu has been experienced today.

The impact of the earthquake has been felt in almost all northern States in India particularly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal. The Ministry of Home Affairs has been in constant touch with all the affected States to assess the situation.

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) in the Cabinet Secretariat has already met and reviewed the situation through video-conferencing with the Chief Secretaries of affected States. The NCMC will be meeting regularly to take stock of the situation and the relief measures. The Central Government ise in constant touch with the States and monitoring the situation very closely. The States will be provided with all possible help from the Central Government.