Psychologists, medical doctors in Mizoram’s quake-hit areas to help folks cope with psychological trauma

Aizawl, July 20

The Mizoram authorities is sending psychologists and medical doctors to the distant villages of the state close to the Myanmar border, hit by a sequence of earthquakes, to help the folks to cope with the psychological trauma following the pure calamities.

Twenty-two earthquakes have hit the state since June 18 with three inside a span of seven hours solely on Friday, forcing lots of of individuals to reside within the open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three groups, every consisting of a physician, a psychologist and a psychiatrist, will probably be reaching Champhai, the worst-hit district, throughout the day and converse to the folks, Health Minister R Lalthangliana mentioned.

Lalthangliana mentioned the frequent earthquakes have a psychological impression on the people who find themselves compelled to spend the nights exterior their houses.

He mentioned because of the earthquakes folks have been afraid of sleeping of their houses.

A group chief from Dungtlang village in Champhai mentioned many households have spent their nights awake, whereas some slept inside automobiles and vehicles.

Lalthangliana, who additionally holds the Geology and Mineral Resources portfolio, mentioned a staff from the division can be tenting within the space for greater than per week.

The newest earthquake to hit Champhai, which is situated on the India-Myanmar border, was recorded within the early hours of Monday. A 3.2-magnitude earthquake struck the district at 3.39 am. The location was 24 km south of Champhai, as per the National Centre for Seismology.

Over 160 homes have been broken in Champhai within the sequence of quakes, officers mentioned, including that the ultimate determine could also be greater as they’re nonetheless assessing the losses. —PTI


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