Source: News Bharati English05 Jan 2016 08:19:18

Imphal, January 5: The Centre on Monday assured necessary assistance to the Manipur government in search, rescue and relief operations after a powerful earthquake hit the state yesterday. Relief and rescue operations are in full swing in the quake-hit areas of Manipur.

An official release issued by the Union Home Ministry said that a three-member team from Power Grid Corporation of India has already reached Imphal for restoration of the electricity supply. A team of doctors will be arriving in Manipur today to assess the situation and assist the state government.The death toll due to the quake reached nine and seven people were killed in Manipur, while one each died in Bihar and West Bengal. In Assam, more than 60 persons have been injured in yesterday earthquake. AIR correspondent reports that district administration has been asked to assess the damage caused by the earthquake.

Also, two NDRF teams of 45 members were being air lifted from Guwahati to Imphal and communication systems were functioning properly, particularly BSNL. The MHA continuously monitored the relief and rescue activities in coordination with the state governments.

The Home Ministry said there is no shortage of petroleum products and there is normal availability of all products with stocks of two weeks and above. It said, the operations at LPG bottling plant in Sekmai, Manipur has been temporarily suspended, which is likely to be resumed by today after inspection and necessary repairs.

The Ministry also said that the Home Ministry is coordinating with the state government, Ministry of Defence, National Disaster Management Authority, NDRF and other concerned agencies for providing necessary help.

Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are carrying out relief operations in the earthquake affected areas of Manipur. Assam Rifles and voluntary organizations are also helping in the relief operations. As an immediate measure for relief operations, 24X7 Control rooms have been opened in every district of the state.

Rapid Response Medical teams have also been set up for every district. All educational institutions in the state will remain closed for one week from today as a precautionary measure and to facilitate relief and rescue operations. All government offices will also remain closed for today and tomorrow.