February 28, 2021 | 5:54 AM IST
natural calamitY

Moderate-intensity tremors rock Indian states including the already flooded Assam

National Centre for Seismology (NCS), has confirmed that three tremors of moderate-intensity rocked Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, and Assam on early Thursday morning. While a low-intensity quake, measuring 2.3 struck Una district in Himachal Pradesh at 4.47 am, another 4.8 magnitude quake occurred at a depth of 10 km in Rajkot, Gujarat at 7.40 am. 

A third tremor measuring 4.1 on the Richter Scale shook Karimganj district in Assam at 7:57 am.  According to the NCS, the tremor occurred at a depth of 18 km.

For Assam, it was a double shock as several of its districts such as Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia,  and Karbi Anglong are gravely affected by the floods. 

About 33 lakh people across 28 districts of the state have been affected by the deluge. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have evacuated 1.25 lakh people and shifted them to 487 relief camps as 13 rivers including the Brahmaputra are flowing above the danger mark and breaching embankments. 

So far, the monsoon fury has claimed over 68 human lives, hundreds of domestic and wild animals. Similarly, the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR) authorities have said that they have lost a total of 66 animals including the endangered species of rhinos, wild boars, swamp deer, hog deer, wild buffalos and porcupines, and about 170 animals have been rescued.  

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