Nepal earthquake: After fresh tremor, Narendra Modi calls high-level meet

The epicenter of today's quake was Kodari, 80 km east of Kathmandu near China border

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a high-level meeting to review the situation, following fresh earthquake in Nepal, and to take stock of the relief work.

The epicenter of today's quake was Kodari, 80 km east of Kathmandu near China border. The quake struck at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

Following the quake, the Kathmandu airport was temporarily suspended. The defence ministry also suspended the rescue and relief operations in Kathmandu.

Earlier, the Prime Minister's Office took to twitter to share the news.

"Today at 3:30 PM the Prime Minister has called a high level meeting to review the situation arising due to the Earthquake," the PMO tweeted.

"The review meeting called by the PM at 3:30pm will be looking at the relief work and other issues arising due to the Earthquake," it added.

Fresh tremors were felt across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam earlier in the day after an earthquake of 6.7 magnitude hit east of Kathmandu.

Residents evacuated buildings and rushed out in the open after tremors hit the northern region.

The death toll due to the massive earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter Scale, which hit Nepal yesterday has reached 1,900, while over 5000 have been reported to be injured.

The Indian Government has sent four NDRF teams to Nepal and is planning to deploy three more to aid rescue operations in the country.

Meanwhile, NDRF teams have been deputed across all the affected states in India. A 24-hour control room for queries regarding the tragedy has also been set up.

The impact of the earthquake was felt in almost all northern states in India particularly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal.

( Source : PTI )
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