IMPHAL/NEW DELHI, Jan 5 - Massive relief and rescue operations have been launched in Manipur, where a strong 6.8 magnitude quake yesterday claimed eight lives, shattered buildings and caused panic even as the National Crisis Management Committee met to review the situation.
Teams of rescuers from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), rushed from Guwahati, were engaged in clearing the debris and looking for survivors trapped under heaps of rubble.
NDRF teams have been deployed in the worst-hit Tamenglong district, epicentre of the quake, while another is on stand-by in Silchar in Assam.
Most offices in capital � private and Govt departments dealing with non-essential services � were closed, besides educational institutions. � PTI