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Manipur Steps Up Disaster Management

India Myanmar Quake. Image Credit: AFP

IMPHAL: Though Friday night’s earthquake left no major damages in Manipur, it served as a reminder for authorities to step up the disaster management programs.

Incidentally, the earthquake was triggered a few hours after the closing ceremony of a five-day search and rescue program-cum-awareness camp on disaster management held in the Kongba Uchekon area in Imphal East.

Experts said the entire state lies in the high-magnitude seismic zone and hence an earthquake of a higher magnitude might be triggered any day. Friday’s quake, with its epicenter located in Indo-Myanmarese border close to Manipur, damaged some window panes in the office buildings of the Manipur secretariat and some electric poles in Chandel district.

Official sources said owing to the power generator of the Loktak hydro project went off for about half an hour and power supply stopped as the 132 KV line extending from Dimapur to Imphal was overload.

Commissioner of relief and disaster management Suhel Akhtar said the government, besides taking up certain measures under the guidance of the central authorities, has already constituted state-level, district-level and block-level disaster management committees. At various levels, the committees have taken up all the necessary measures to ensure that people were fully aware of the nature’s fury and the safety measures to be taken during earthquakes or other disasters.

While the state-level committee is headed by the chief minister, the deputy commissioner and block development officer are the chairmen of the district and block level committees, he said.

(Courtesy: TNN)

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