Assam earthquake: PM, Shah, Sitharaman secure all possible aid to the state | India News
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday ensured everything possible Central help the earthquake-struck state of Assam as it took stock of the situation there twice during the day.
Union Interior Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were among a large number of central leaders who spoke with Assam’s chief minister Sarbananda. Sonowal and assured the state of all possible aid after the earthquake on Wednesday morning.
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake, followed by a series of aftershocks, hit Assam this morning, causing widespread damage in the northeastern state.
“I spoke with Assam CM Shri @sarbanandsonwal Ji about the earthquake in parts of the state. I secured all possible help from the Center. I pray for the well-being of the people of Assam,” Modi tweeted.
Later Sonowal tweeted: “Prime Minister @narendramodi ji is receiving regular updates on the situation after the earthquake in Dhekiajuli this morning. I received a second call from the Honorable Prime Minister within a few hours. I have informed him about the latest situation. . ”
The prime minister also visited the site of the epicenter near Dhekiajuli in the Sonitpur district.
Shah also spoke with Sonowal and said that the central government strongly supports the people of the state.
“I spoke with the Chief Minister of Assam, Shri @sarbanandsonwal ji, to assess the condition in different parts of the state after an earthquake. The central government strongly supports our sisters and brothers in Assam. Praying for the safety and well-being of all, “Shah tweeted.
Sitharaman also assured the prime minister of all possible help from the central government.
“Union FM Smt @nsitharaman ji took stock of the situation that arose due to the earthquake, over the phone, and assured all the support. My sincere thanks to the Honorable Minister of Finance,” Sonowal tweeted.
The Minister of the Union for the Development of the Northeast Region, Jitendra Singh, also assured the chief minister of all possible assistance from the central government.
“I spoke to CM #Assam Sh @sarbanandsonwal a moment ago. Parts of the state affected by an earthquake of a significant scale. Fortunately, no loss of life has been reported so far. Only damage to some buildings. The state administration closely monitors and the Center in close contact. Detailed report expected, “Singh tweeted.
BJP General secretary (organization) BL Santhosh also spoke with the prime minister, who briefed him on the damage caused by the earthquake, authorities said.
There were no immediate reports of deaths, but three people were injured when the first 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Dhekiajuli, near Tezpur, the headquarters of Assam’s Sonitpur district, at 7.51 a.m., followed by a series of aftershocks, they said. The authorities.
The impact was felt in almost the entire northeast region, parts of West Bengal and the neighboring countries of Bhutan and Bangladesh.
The first earthquake was followed in rapid succession by smaller tremors of 4.7, 4 and two of 3.6 magnitudes at 8.03 am, 8.13 am, 8.25 am and 8.44 am. Regional Meteorological Center (RMC) Vice principal Sanjay O’neil Shaw said.
Another 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck Assam’s Nagaon district at 10:05 a.m. A while later, another 3.4 magnitude jolt struck Tezpur at 10.39 a.m. M.
At 12:32 p.m., an eighth earthquake of magnitude 2.9 struck Marigaon.