Within minutes of the earthquake hitting North India and leaving Delhi and its citizens shaken, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government today activated its disaster management teams – strong tremors jolted the national capital, making people scurry for cover and bringing the metro to a halt.
“Please stay calm & do not panic. Disaster management teams have been activated,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
Meanwhile, a senior metro official said that metro services have resumed although trains are running at a very slow pace.
“Metro services were put on hold from 2.40 PM to 2.55 PM in view of the earthquake. Thereafter, train services were brought to normal routine after ensuring safety check of the structures,” the official said.
The earthquake epicentred in the Hindukush mountain range in Afghanistan struck at around 2.40 PM, sending ripples across several states like Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, the National Capital Region (NCR), Punjab, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.