Assam Earthquake: Sprinter Hima Das has extended prayers to the people of Assam, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck on Wednesday morning.
The National Center for Seismology reported that strong tremors were felt in parts of the northeast as well as north Bengal. "Praying for the safety of everyone in Assam," the athlete from Assam took to Twitter and wrote.
Praying for the safety of everyone in Assam 🙏🙏— Hima (mon jai) (@HimaDas8) April 28, 2021
While there are no reports of casualties, people were forced to run out of their homes, reported Reuters.
The earthquake was severe near Dhekiajuli town, 140 km (86 miles) north of Guwahati. It was struck at 7:51 am at a depth of 17 km from the surface. Speaking to ANI, a police official, who was inspecting the apartments, said, "We have seen three buildings that have developed cracks. There are more buildings and we are yet to assess, as it will take a lot of time."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and assured that he spoke with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and promised support from the centre.
Spoke to Assam CM Shri @sarbanandsonwal Ji regarding the earthquake in parts of the state. Assured all possible help from the Centre. I pray for the well-being of the people of Assam.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 28, 2021
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also shared images and visuals of the damages, showing the impact of the quake.
Few early pictures of damage in Guwahati. pic.twitter.com/lTIGwBKIPV— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) April 28, 2021
Tweeting about the earthquake in Assam, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared, "To my sisters and brothers in Assam who are now dealing with the double blow of an earthquake and the rampaging second wave of COVID, I send you my love and prayers."
Hima Das hails from a small village at Dhing in Nagaon of Assam. She is the youngest child in the family and her father is a small rice farmer. She is now all set to compete for the 4×100m women’s relay team (comprising of Dutee Chand, S Dhanalakshmi, Archana Suseendran, Himashree Roy and AT Daneshwari), aiming to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics this year. The country has not qualified for the 4×100m women’s relay in the Olympics since Sydney 2000. Due to the COVID-19 situation in the country, the team might pull out from next month’s IAAF World Relays Championship in Poland. Read how Hima Das and Dutee Chand eyeing Tokyo Olympics 2021 birth here.
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