Mizoram Rocked by 23rd Earthquake in Five Weeks, People Sleep Outdoors
Mizoram, the northeastern state, was shaken for the 23rd time by an earthquake within a span of five weeks. There is an atmosphere of panic in Mizoram over the recurring earthquake when an earthquake hit the state again on Friday night. Statistics show that there have been 23 earthquakes in the state in the last five weeks and people have suffered significant losses.
According to the state government, the epicenter of the earthquake that occurred on Friday night was 29 km southeast of Champhai district located on the Indo-Myanmar border. According to the National Center of Seismology, the intensity of this earthquake, which occurred at 11:16 pm, has been recorded at 3.8 on the Rector Scale.
According to the Champhai Deputy Commissioner of Police, the landslide occurred due to the earthquake and heavy rains and two buildings have been evacuated. Apart from this, the entire water supply system in a village has been damaged.
According to the state government, since June 18, there have been 23 earthquake tremors in Champhai, Serchhip, Siyaha, and Saitual, whose intensity has been measured between 4.2 to 5.5 rector scale. Till now, a maximum of 20 earthquake tremors have been felt in Champai. More than 16 villages have been affected by these earthquakes, including churches and community halls. More than 170 houses have also been damaged.
Champai District Deputy Commissioner said that people have been putting up tents in temporary camps in many villages and are being provided with food, water, solar lamps, and first aid kits. She also said that the damage is being assessed and due to the frequent earthquakes, people are sleeping outside their houses.
Recently, Rajan Sabha MP from Mizo National Front, K Vanlalauva has asked the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences to send a team to Mizoram. The central team will try to find out the causes of recurring earthquakes in Mizoram.