Mizoram govt to send doctors to earthquake-affected villages
Aizawl: Mizoram health minister Dr R Lalthangliana on Sunday said that a host of doctors will be sent to earthquake-affected villages in the eastern part of the state.
He said that three teams of doctors will be headed to the Champhai district on Monday and will tour all the earthquake-affected villages. Each team consisting of three doctors, including psychologists and psychiatrists, will assist the villagers, who face mental trauma after a series of earthquakes hit the state.
Lalthangliana, who also holds geology and mineral resources portfolio, said that frequent earthquakes in the Champhai district have psychological impacts on the residents, who spent their nights outside their homes. He said people were afraid of sleeping at their homes and slept outdoors.
A local leader of Dungtlang village in Champhai district near Myanmar border also said that many families spent their nights awake outside while some others slept inside vehicles like cars and trucks.
Lalthangliana also said that experts from state geology and mineral resources department camped for more than a week in Champhai district last month. "Geologists from the government are planning to visit earthquake affected villages and assess the cause of earthquakes," he said.
Official sources said that transport minister TJ Lalnuntluanga, who was elected from Champhai South seat, is currently camping in Champhai district to take stock of the situation. Apart from him, Champhai North assembly seat MLA ZR Thiamsanga and East Tupui constituency MLA Ramthanmawia are also camping in the district.
Three earthquakes rocked the Champhai district within 7 hours on Friday. So far, 21 earthquakes have rocked several parts of Mizoram with the Champhai district being the hardest hit. The tremors ranged between 4.2 and 5.5 on the Richter scale.
The first earthquake hit Champhai on June 18. Champhai district deputy commissioner Maria CT Zuali told EastMojo that at least 16 houses were damaged in Friday earthquakes. However, the final figure is yet to come as officials are assessing the damage, she said.
In June, more than 150 houses in Champhai district were damaged by earthquakes.