Jitendra Singh meets earthquake victims, supervises rescue, relief ops

Imphal (Manipur), Jan. 4 (ANI): Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh on Monday visited a hospital here to meet victims of the earthquake that claimed at least six lives and left 79 others injured.

Singh also offered all necessary help for search and rescue and relief to the Manipur Government on behalf of the Central Government.

“Central assistance is very liberal, and the required assistances are forthcoming. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking cognisance of this,” said Singh, who is also MoS for Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space.

Damages to a number of buildings, residential units and government offices have been reported, including damage to a six-storey building here.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Kiren Rijiju, who happened to be in northeast, had been told to take stock of the situation there.

Rijiju conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas.

Later, both Jitendra Singh and Kiren Rijiju meet Manipur Chief Mninster Okram Ibobi Singh.

As decided at a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), chaired by Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha on Monday morning, a total of 83 rescuers of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) airlifted in three aircraft from Guwahati, have been deployed in rescue operations.

Another team of 35 rescuers of the NDRF has been deployed in Silchar to cater to the needs of areas around Silchar.

A three-member team from power grid has already reached Imphal for restoration of supply.

A team of expert doctors will also be arriving in Manipur early on Tuesday morning to assess the situation and assist the state government.

There is no shortage of Petroleum products. There is normal availability of all products with stocks of two weeks and above. The LPG bottling plant at Sekmai has been temporarily suspended, which is likely to be resumed by tomorrow after inspection and rectification of damages.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is coordinating with the State Government, the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), NDRF and other government departments/ministries and agencies concerned for providing necessary help.

NDMA could be reached 24 X 7 for any help on toll free disaster helpline 011-1078. (ANI)

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