WB govt approaches Army for quake help

Mamata Banerjee said efforts were on to restore power supply in the hill areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

Kolkata: The West Bengal government Sunday night asked the Army to assist civil authorities, if needed, in relief and rescue work in Darjeeling and some other quake-hit
North Bengal districts.

"I have talked to the Army authorities here and requested them to provide help if necessary," chief secretary Samar Ghosh told a news agency.

"I have heard that one person has died in Kalimpong after he suffered injuries from falling bricks. But there is no confirmation in this regard," he said.

"So far there has been no report of any damage though cracks have developed in some houses," he said as power lines snapped in Darjeeling and Kalimpong where the tremors were mainly felt.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said there have been damage in Darjeeling Hills "but hopefully not on the scale that has happened in Sikkim."

She said efforts were on to restore power supply in the hill areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

She said that the Jalpaiguri district magistrate could not be contacted and added that possibly there was some problem in communication lines.

"There is no need to panic. I have asked all DMs to fan out and find out whether there has been any problem," she said, adding that some other districts have also been asked to
open control rooms.

In Darjeeling, window panes of some tall buildings were shattered under the impact of the tremor as electricity supply went off plunging the bustling hill town in darkness.

PTI

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