Educational institutes closed in Manipur

Imphal, Jan 4 (IANS) All educational institutes in Manipur have been closed till January 11 following the terrible earthquake in the state, officials said on Monday.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, who visited the injured in the hospitals, said the government will extend all assistance to those affected by the disaster.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi rang me up to say that funds will not stand in the way to provide relief measures to the people,” he said.

“He had instructed Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is visiting the region, to monitor the relief work,” he said.

M. Okendra, a Manipur government spokesman, said Rs.5 lakh would be given as compensation to the families of the dead.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju rushed to Imphal from Arunachal Pradesh.

“The prime minister sent me to collect a report on the incident… There may be more casualties in the interior areas,” Rijiju said.

Officials said there have been 14 aftershocks on Monday morning and Rapid Action Force personnel were working in all districts.

An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale jolted north-eastern states and West Bengal early on Monday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 60 across the region.

The quake had its epicentre in Manipur’s Tamenglong district and occurred at 4.35 a.m., snapping power supply across the state.

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