Jolted by sequence of earthquakes, many Mizoram residents spending nights in tents


Aizawl, July 23

Many individuals in Mizoram’s Champhai district bordering Myanmar are spending nights exterior their houses in makeshift tents after a sequence of earthquakes hit the north-eastern state in a month, an official stated.

So far, not less than 22 earthquakes have rocked 4 districts — Champhai, Saitual, Siaha and Serchhip since June 18. The tremors ranged from 4.2 to five.5 in magnitude. Champhai was the hardest-hit district.

Champhai district Deputy Commissioner Maria CT Zuali informed PTI that makeshift tents have been arrange at a number of villages by individuals and the district administration offered tarpaulins, water barrels, photo voltaic lamps and first-aid kits to them.

She stated biscuits and sorazo (meals dietary supplements) have been additionally offered to previous individuals.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, not less than 20 earthquakes have hit Champhai district in a month.

She stated greater than 16 villages had been affected by the earthquakes and over 170 homes, together with church buildings and neighborhood halls have been broken.

At Dungtlang, one of many worst-hit villages in Champhai district, not less than 5 makeshift camps had been arrange, Dungltang Young Mizo Association (YMA) Assistant Secretary John Zothanmawia Fanai stated.

On Monday, the federal government despatched three groups of medical doctors that consisted of psychiatrists, scientific psychologists and medical specialists to the quake-hit areas to help the individuals, who developed psychological trauma following the quakes.

The groups are at present touring affected villages in Champhai district.

Dr C Lalhrekima, a psychiatrist in a authorities hospital, main one of many groups, informed PTI that many individuals have nervousness resulting from frequent earthquakes.

“We are giving counselling to the panic-stricken people apart from giving medical care,” he stated.

The state authorities on Tuesday despatched Geology and Mineral Resource Department Joint Secretary H Lalbiakkima, who can also be a geologist, to Champhai district to review and assess the reason for earthquakes.

According to Zuali, some geologists from Mizoram University (MZU) may also go to quake-hit villages in Champhai district.

Earlier in June, Chief Minister Zoramthanga had requested the Centre to ship professional seismologists or geophysicists to evaluate the bottom scenario and the precise reason for the earthquakes. PTI



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