Northeastern States reconsider preparedness after Sikkim earthquake.

Sikkim earthquake Guwahati: In the wake of Sunday’s 6.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked large parts of north, east and northeastern India and neighbouring Bangladesh and Nepal, the northeastern States are reviewing their vigilance to deal with any such disaster.

According to the officials, Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries of Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura held dismantle review meetings in their relevant state capitals on Monday and Tuesday and determined to improve the existing infrastructure to deal with any such situation.

In Agartala, the Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Tuesday reconsidered the preparedness of the State to manage any earthquake like situation.

Relief and Finance Minister Badal Choudhury said that “Central government should set up at least one station in each capital of all the eight northeastern states with adequate number of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel.”

On the other hand, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh have also held alike assessment meetings in Aizawl and Imphal respectively and directed the officials to re-examine the preparedness on the spot and take precautionary steps to deal with any eventualities.

The quake, which had its epicentre in Sikkim killed at least 71 people and injured more than 300. The maximum deaths (50) were in Sikkim, whereas 12 people died in close areas of West Bengal. Six deaths were reported from Bihar.

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