Quake in Afghanistan, Tremors Felt in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit Afghanistan on Monday and tremors were felt in Kashmir valley and adjoining areas.

The earthquake, at a depth of 210 km, had its epicentre in Hindukush region and occurred at 3.35 p.m. (India time), an India Meteorological Department official said.

“That was a hell of a tremor. Hope everyone is safe & well,” tweeted former chief minister Omar Abdullah, minutes after the tremors.

In Srinagar, people fled their homes and offices in panic. Some of them began to pray as the tremors shook buildings.

Worried people called up their relatives and asked for their well being.

However, the US Geological Survey measured the intensity of the quake at 5.7. It said that the epicentre of the temblor was 34 km west southwest of Ashkasham in Afghanistan.

Emergency Centres for Quick Response 

SRINAGAR: Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) would be established at the divisional as well as district levels in the State to help people in case of any eventuality.

Minister Basharat Bukhari Monday said this while chairing a meeting of senior officers of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir division here today.

The meeting discussed at length the measures for identification of suitable accessible and elevated land for setting up of two state of art Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) at Jammu and Srinagar. The meeting also discussed the measures for making functional temporary EOCs as per immediate requirement and equipping them with trained manpower at the divisional and district levels till the EOCs as per national standards are fully established.

The meeting was told that Rs 1086 crore have been released under SDRF to JK following the floods of September 2014. It was informed that Utilization Certificates (UCs) for Rs 736.90 crore have been received while UCs for rest of the amount is awaited. The concerned officers were asked to submit the UCs as early as possible to pave the way for release of further funds on this account.

In view of the suggestions of Deputy Commissioners, the Minister urged for easing the norms fixed for getting relief under NDRF. He said need is to speed up the clearance of the cases pending with SDRF so that the affected families are provided relief early for their rehabilitation.

On the occasion, Joint Secretary, NDRF gave power pint presentation about the role of NDRF personnel in State.   

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