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Fresh tremors felt in Assam

Fresh tremors felt in Assam Guwahati, Apr 26 (PTI) Two fresh tremors shook Assam today, though there was no immediate report of any casualty or damage to property.

The first tremor, which lasted for a second, was felt around 1242 hrs and the second one was felt after a few seconds in almost all districts of the state, officials said.

The quake shook buildings, rattled windows in houses and swayed electric poles. Today’s quake was 6.9 on the Richter Scale in Nepal at a depth of 10 km with epicentre at Latitude 27.6 degree North and Longitude 85.9 degree East, Met office here said.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has directed Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla to take stock of the situation, alert the Assam State Disaster Management Authority and other line departments.

The Chief Minister has further asked Khosla to take required steps to see if any individual from the state was stranded in Nepal and ensure his/her safe return, officials said.

Meanwhile, the state government has opened a toll free number 1070 for relatives of people from the state who are stuck in Nepal following yesterday’s earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale.

Assam Police has also opened two helpline numbers for people from the state affected by the earthquake in Nepal with IGP Special Branch Hiren Nath to act as the Nodal officer.

The numbers are: 094355522203 and 08749860803.