20 suffer minor injuries in Assam due to quake

Guwahati, Jan 4 (IANS) At least 20 people suffered minor injuries here on Monday when a quake hit the north-eastern region.

Cracks developed in some buildings across Assam as the temblor hit around 4.35 a.m. with its epicentre in Manipur’s Tamenglong district.

Chief Executive Officer of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) P.K. Tiwary said about 20 people received minor injuries in Guwahati town.

“There are also reports pouring in from different parts of the state about some minor damage to buildings and houses. We are trying to verify the reports,” said Tiwary adding there was no major damage or any causality in Assam.

Locals in Fancy Bazar area of the city said at least seven to eight buildings developed cracks during the earthquake triggering a panic among the people of the area.

Meanwhile, locals in Pandu area in Guwahati said one person was killed due to the panic triggered stampede that took place in the area after the earthquake. The victim was identified as Niranjan Das, the locals said.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) had restrained and controlled several in bound and out bound trains at different stations in the region during the quake.

“We have controlled several trains in different locations due to the quake till 6.30 a.m. today (Monday). However, the running of trains resume after 6.30 a.m.,” said an NFR spokesman. There might be some change of train timings during the day, he added.

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