The effect of the Nepal earthquake was seen in most of the parts of north India including the capital Delhi. The Bihar is amongst the most affected place in India claiming 50 lives and more than 170 casualties on Sunday Sunday amid reports of widespread damage to property and crops from various parts of the state. According the available information a fresh tremor measuring 6.9 on the Richster scale hit the state on Sunday. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a meeting with officials of different departments engaged in relief work and directed them to launch co-ordinated exercise to provide succor to the people affected.
Later Nitish Kumar called the meeting of the departmental secretaries where he directed all the concern authorities’ camp in the districts under their charge to carry out relief works in quake-affected areas. RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Sunday asked the Centre to declare the earthquake a national calamity, expressing concern at large-scale devastation.
[pullquote-right]Other deaths have been reported from Darbhanga (2), while one death each has been reported from Supual, Araria, West Champaran, Sheohar and Saran[/pullquote-right]
Lalu asked the Centre to provide ex-gratia payment of Rs 20 lakh to the kins of all those killed in earthquake and in Bihar’s case he urged the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to provide a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the kins of each victim. Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ramvilas Paswan visited Katihar and Purnia districts and met affected people. Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh too went to Motihari where he met the quake-affected families.
He also visited government hospital to inspect medical facilities being provided to the injured people.