All district administrations put on alert
By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, May 12: The Assam State Disaster Magement Authority has put all district administrations on alert following the fresh earthquake in Nepal that also shook the State and other states of the region.
There were reports of cracks in some buildings in Guwahati, including the Gauhati High Court and the Chandmari flyover. However, there was no official confirmation if the cracks were a result of today’s tremor.
An earthquake of the magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale with epicentre 86 kilometres east of Kathmandu was reported at 12:35 pm today. The earthquake was followed by six more aftershocks, the highest measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale.
“Assam State Disaster Magement Authority (ASDMA) has received no reports/information regarding any loss or damage of life or property in Assam due to the earthquake. However, all the district Deputy Commissioners have been alerted and asked to keep watch on the situation,” ASDMA CEO PK Tiwari said.
“In case any one has any information of any damage to life and property because of the earthquake, he/she is requested to contact the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) through the toll free number 1070 or District Emergency Operation Centre (DEOC) through the toll free number 1077,” Tiwari said in a statement. The quake created panic, as people in many places ran out of their homes for safety. A gloomy weather, followed by winds and a heavy shower also added to the people’s fright.