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Disaster management body yet to receive reports

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 20 � The reports of the damages caused by the earthquake that rocked the State on September 18 are yet to reach the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). The ASDMA had asked the district authorities to submit their respective damage reports at the earliest.

ASDMA sources said here this afternoon that the authority is yet to receive reports from any of the district authorities.

In the case of the city, the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has been asked to carry out the investigation for the damages caused by the Sunday earthquake.

The GMDA has sent its team of experts to examine the damages reportedly caused to around six city structures by the Sunday earthquake and the report of the investigation conducted by the team is expected to be available tomorrow, said sources in the GMDA.

However, GMDA sources said, as of now, there is no major damage detected in any of the city structures, which were examined as per the report of the ASDMA. Only non-structural damages, like cracks in the walls, have been detected in these structures.

In the case of the Ganeshguri apartment, in which the lift had reportedly collapsed under the impact of the earthquake, GMDA sources said that the lift was in operation when the earthquake occurred. It came into touch with the protective net fitted around it, under the impact of the earthquake and this switched on the alarm bell giving the impression that the system of the lift had collapsed. In fact, the lift developed no major snag and it is okay now, GMDA sources said.

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