GUWAHATI, Jan 6 - Governor PB Acharya has expressed deep concern over the massive earthquake that struck the North East at 4.35 am on January 4, and the miseries left behind by it.
Already eight persons have lost their lives in the disaster, while over a hundred have been injured and more than 300 structures damaged.
The Governor has conveyed his condolences to the members of the family of the bereaved and prayed for speedy recovery of those
The Governor, in an official statement, said that Assam and the North East had a long history of earthquakes beginning, as per available records, from the 8.3 magnitude earthquake of 1897, followed by the 8.6 magnitude earthquake of 1950. He said that as per expert predictions, earthquakes of greater intensity might follow. An earthquake of the magnitude of the one that occurred on January 4, had come after a long time, he said.
In this context Acharya appealed to the people to prevent the wanton destruction of forests and called for conservation of natural resources in the best possible manner. He said unplanned destruction of the ecology results in an increase in natural catastrophes as well as damaging consequences triggered by those which cause havoc to humanity.
The Governor asserted that conservation and protection of the ecology is the only way to prevent and reduce the disaster brought about by natural calamities.
�We must, at all cost, refrain from destroying nature in order to save ourselves,� he remarked. He added, �Only by being friendly to nature and protecting it, can we hope to avoid the further occurrence of such disasters. Love and care of nature is prevention of natural disaster.�