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Items filtered by date: Monday, 04 January 2016 - Imphal Times - A Daily Eveninger

6.8 magnitude Quake in Manipur leaves 8 dead and hundreds injured

The people in the North Eastern region of India were jolted from their sleep in early morning today when the earth shook and trembled. The quake with its epicenter at Noney, about 33 kms from the state capital of Manipur along National Highway 37 hit at 04:35 local time. Strong tremors have been felt across the entire region, even as far as Bangladesh where three people were reported killed. According to State Meteorological Department the earthquake measured 6.8 magnitude on the Richter scale and struck at a depth of 17km (about 10 miles). The tremor damaged walls and a newly-built six-storey building in Imphal collapsed police said. Other buildings were also reported to have been damaged.
The region has a history of powerful earthquakes caused by the northward collision of the Indian and Eurasian plates. They are moving towards each other at a rate of 4-5cm per year. At the time of filing this report, eight persons were confirmed to have been killed in the disaster while more than fifty persons were hospitalized due to injuries sustained during the quake. Damage report culled from the districts also revealed a worrying pattern with most of the damaged structures and buildings having constructed by the state government. Prominent amongst the structures damaged were Ima Keithel Market No. 1 & 2 where the cracked pillars revealed hollow plastic pipes buried inside them, cracks at Minuthong Bridge, Massive cracks at the ground floor wall at BSNL building near Old Secretariat, pillars of Yairipok Bazar shed cracked, Thoubal College building, Thoubal Wangma Taba Manishang Primary School,were crumbled in the quake.  Cracks in the pillar of New Market at Bishnupur Bazar, clock tower inside Govt. Polytechnic completely crumbled, retaining wall of Mela Ground of Lamboikhongnangkhong completely collapsed, YPA Hall in New Lamka partially injured, cracks at Nungba SDPO’s office, Saikul market shed damaged, mud walls of 26 houses collapsed at Charbung village under Sadar Hills, along with reports of damaged powerlines and electric poles. Even the Buildings of Manipur Press Club were also crack in the tremor. 

List of dead persons: Imphal West: 1) Kangujam Ibotombi Singh 64, S/o (L) Thambaljao, Taobungkhok Awang Leikai, Patsoi PS. 2) Mrs Debumaya Mote 55, W/o Bhim Bahadur of Premnagar, Sekmai PS, 3) Darsha Mote 11, D/o Gopal Mote of Premnagar, Sekmai PS. ImphalEast: 1) Miss Dijapati 17, D/o Opendro Namasadra, Chandranathpur Latingkhal, Borobekra PS. 2) Moirangthem Sarat 56, S/o M Tomba, Luwangsangbam Makha Leikai, Heingang PS. 3) yet to be identified. Senapati District: 1) Ms Geeta Rimal 19, D/o Ruk Narayan Rimal of P. Maulding Nepali Part-1, Sapermeina PS. 2) yet to be identified.
The casualty list is expected to rise over the next few days while allegation of under preparedness and public outcry over government inaction is gaining momentum.

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State Govt. announces Rs. 5 lakhs compensation for quake victims ; Schools close for 7 days

State Government today announces Rs. 5 lakhs as compensations for each person killed in today’s high intensity tremor in the state which destroyed several properties besides killing at least 8 persons. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue works are being underway at different places of the state. Number of persons injured in today's earthquake has already reached 124 as according to report collected from RIMS, JNIMS and other private hospitals in and around Imphal area.
Talking to reporters, spokesperson of the government M. Okendro, who is also Minister of Education said that government will bear all necessary requirement for the treatment of those injured in today’s tragedy. Besides, the education Minister said the state cabinet has resolved to close the schools for 7 days, for checking any damage to the school buildings to ensure safety of the students.
As for the Ima Keithel which has been destroyed partially, Okendro said that the government will make alternative arrangement for the women vendors while the building is being renovated. He also said that depending upon the necessities government will open relief camp at the required places.

Meanwhile, a team of Disaster Response Team of the state government has been put into action for rescue operation besides alerting the state and central para military force, Okendro added.
The Minister however said that it is too early to comment on the total lost during the tremor.
On the other hand Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh along with other cabinet ministers and MLAs today visited RIMS, JNIMS and Raj Medicity and inspected the condition of the injured who are undergoing treatment at hospital.

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Vendor ladies decry over failure to maintain quality in constructing Khwairambandh Keithel

Vendor women of Khwairamband Ima Keithel today denounced the state government over its failure to maintain quality to the construction of Khwairamband Keithel. The vendor ladies showed the crumbled portion of the Khwairamband Keithel to reporters and questioned why the pillars were damaged during the tremor while other pillars were not damage to that quantity. She showed the reporters hollow pipes being used inside the pillar instead of iron rod.
Talking to reporters at Ima keithel President of Keithel Phambi Apunba Lup, Laishram Mema expressed displeasure to the attitude of the Chief Minister and those in the government.
“Why none of them come and inspect the condition of the Khwairamband Keithel even after 9 hours”, she asked and further said that if the tremor happened at peak hours, many could have lost their lives.
She further said that CM even tried to stay away from meeting the vendor lady who went to visit him. The Apunba lup of the Khwairamband Keithel has been requesting the state government to look into the damages of the building since they have shifted. No concern authority has showed up so far except for Chairperson and Executive officer of IMC, she added.
L Mema further said that the state government must set up an inquiry and a harsh punishment must be serve against those responsible in the construction of the building which has been damage in today’s earthquake.
If the government fails to take up any measurement regarding the women shed, a team of 150 women vendors are set to meet the Prime Minister of India to details the exact situation being faced by the women vendors. They will leave for Delhi on January 29 and will attend the Trade Union convention then will meet the PM, Mema said.

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Crumbled beacon

The tremor that shook the region from the deep slumber in the wee hours today morning literally threw up many terrifying facts and laid bare matters for everyone to witness. The earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale and having its epicenter 33 kilometers from the state capital lasted a few seconds and caused what can be described as minimal damage, both in terms of lives and properties. While most of the properties and structures which sustained damages are those which were very old and already on the verge of crumbling, the unfortunate and disturbing picture of the bent and broken pillars of Ima Keithel building tells a story of fearful uncertainty and foreboding. The structure which was inaugurated in 2010 with much fanfare and spectacle has today, after just four years, laid to waste in a crumple of dust and dirt. It has always been a beacon women empowerment and of the untiring and indomitable spirit of the Manipuri women, a symbol of the unique and enviable position the women of the state has been accorded since time immemorial. The market has also been acknowledged as the world’s only all-women marketplace and has reserved a pride of place in the annals of the history of the state. That the structure has been damaged beyond repair is apparent, and while government officials must surely be planning declarations to preempt the negative feedbacks and pressures, and the public will now surely start demanding actions against those responsible, or rather irresponsible, entrusted with the construction of the building. Some of the private buildings which were left half completed also crumbled during the disaster and at least 8 persons were reported dead while many sustained injuries and needed hospitalization. Interestingly, after the tremor electric power supply was cut off from the entire region as a safety measures, or perhaps because some HT electric tower of the power grid was destroyed at some of the areas. Surprisingly private mobile service towers erected at some of the private houses building were not affected. Another point of interest is that even at Jiribam which is not far from the epicenter, destructions and damage were reported, but in this instance also almost all government buildings which were newly constructed were cracked and damaged. That the unfortunate catastrophe happened during the early hours before the daily bustle began could have been the reason for the negligible number of loss of precious human lives. One would shudder to imagine the consequences had the disaster struck during the busy business hours. Over and above the uncertainty and anxiety being felt by the people of the state, we would have had to deal with more disturbances and social upheavals- another undesirable event the state can really do without. The bottomline- having the inefficiencies and unscrupulous working habits of the state authorities and their cronies been laid bare for all to witness, what steps will the state government take to make sure such loss of face and self-inflicted disgrace is repeated with unnecessary collateral damages of life and properties? Will it finally learn from its mistakes of peddling contracts without giving a thought of the real benefit to the people?      

Kiren Rijiju & Dr. Jitendra arrives

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs , Kiran Rijiju today arrived in the state at around 2.30 pm and took stock of the present condition of the state at the aftermath of the deadly tremor which occurred in the wee hour today. Soon after his arrival at Imphal Tulihal airport Rijiju said that he came to the state as per directives of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On a question by reporters about the lost cause by the tremor Rijiju said that he did not have the official figures as the state government is yet to submit the detail report. He said he will be meeting the Chief Minister to review the total lost cause by the tremor. Union Minister of State for DONER Dr. Jitendra also arrived in the state hours after the MoS Home. Both the central government representative jointly met the state government authority.

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AMWJU condoles

All Manipur Working Journalist Union paid condolence the untimely demise of former Chief Editor Sanajaoba Sinam today during a Union’s standing committee’s meeting held at Manipur Press Club.
Sanajaoba was a resident of Achanbigei Makha Leikai under Heigang A/C of Imphal East. Union remembered his contribution towards society and marked his demise as great loss to the media fraternity.
Members of the journalist union observed two minute silence showing respect to the departed soul.

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1st Singju Festival

A 11-day long Singju ( Manipuri salad) Festival called 1st Singju Festival will be held from April 3 to 13  at Nungshikol Park, Chana, Imphal East.
While briefing media persons on the objective of the festival at Manipur Press Club today, Leisangthem Tonthoingambi, committee member of the festival informed that as part of the festival, many food experts will talk on the medicinal values of Singju ingredients. She further said that various indigenous handicraft products and items will be available at low cost during the festival.

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2 Union Ministers to visit state

Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of state (IC) environment, forest and climate change Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of state for rural development is visiting the state on January 5 and January 8 respectively on official tour.
Sudarshan Bhagat is likely will attend a social and cultural programmed at Senapati local ground and is likely to meet beneficiary of IAY of Senapati. Prakash Javadekar is visiting the state to stock of the present works being taken up by the state forest department, a source said.

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20 injured, buildings damaged in Assam quake 

At least 20 people have been injured in Assam in the massive earthquake that hit the northeastern region this morning with scores of buildings developing cracks across the state.
“We have so far received reports of minor injuries to 20 people in Guwahati and other areas due to the earthquake. Either some goods fell on them or they were probably injured while rushing out of home. Detail reports are awaited,” Assam Commissioner and Secretary (Disaster Management) Pramod Kumar Tiwari told news agency PTI.
All the injured are being treated and they are out of danger, he added.
Kamrup Metropolitan Deputy Commissioner M Angamuthu said at least 15 people were injured in Guwahati city and all are being treated.
“Most of them were injured while running out of home. They are out of danger. We have also received reports of at least 30 buildings developing cracks. This number will go up,” he added.
Mr Tiwari said there are reports coming in of cracks in many buildings across the state due to the earthquake, but no major damage in those so far. He said the official residence of the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Cachar district, which is near the epicentre at Tamenglong in Manipur, was damaged.
The Fire Station building in Cachar along with many other installations in the district also developed cracks, he added. One library building in Lakhimpur district has been damaged, Mr Tiwari said.
“In Guwahati also, many buildings have been reported to be cracked in the earthquake. We are examining the claims of the people. The exact report of damage will be known after some time,” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that NDRF team has been instructed to move from Guwahati to the areas affected by the earthquake.
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter Scale rocked Eastern and North-Eastern parts of India early in the morning today, the Indian Meteorological Department said. The quake occurred at 4:35 am at a depth of 17 km below the ground and the epicentre is located at Tamenglong of Manipur.

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