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Quake jolts Dispur out of slumber

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Cracks in 30 city buildings, glare on illegal mobile towers, after-shocks felt in many places across the State

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, April 25: Reports of cracks in buildings and uprooting of trees due to the impact of the Nepal quake were reported from various parts of Assam.

The earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale rocked Nepal at 11.41 a.m. (India time), with reports of tremors from tiol capital Delhi to Guwahati in Assam and Srigar in Jammu and Kashmir to Jaipur in Rajasthan.

The aftershocks were felt even half-an-hour after the quake, triggering panic among the people.

“We have reports of cracks in and around 30 buildings. However, the cracks are not major. The administration has formed a team with magistrates and officials from PWD and GMDA to inspect the resultant damage,” Kamrup Deputy Commissioner M Angamuthu told The Sentinel.

He said steps are being taken to secure rrow lanes.

The DC also said complaints have been received against some mobile towers. “There are complaints that some towers, especially those set up on roof of buildings, have developed problems …like bends etc. We are conducting an inspection of the towers to verify if safety norms were followed by the tower operators. Action will be taken in case of violations,” the DC said.

Reports from various places, especially those in western Assam, said cracks have been noticed in several buildings.

A report said trees were uprooted in Dhubri district, spping communication at various places, especially on the Gauripur-Dhubri route.

The tremor created panic in the district, with traders downing their shutters. Traffic on the roads also slumped due to the scare. Several buildings in Dhubri town, including the police guest house, the Foreigners Tribul office and other government offices reported cracks.

Minor cracks were also reported in buildings in many places of the State.

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