Earthquake in North India: PM Narendra Modi calls up Jammu and Kashmir CM, offers help to Pakistan, Afghan

In the wake of a major 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan that also shook North India and Pakistan, PM Narendra Modi today spoke to Jammu and Kashmir CM to take stock of the situation and offered assistance to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In the wake of a major 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan that also shook North India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to take stock of the situation and offered assistance to Pakistan and Afghanistan which were hit badly by the quake.

He also called up President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, where the earthquake of 7.5 magnitude was epicentred, and assured all possible support.

“Returned from Bihar. Spoke to J&K CM Shri Mufti Mohammad Sayeed & took stock of the situation arising due to the unfortunate earthquake,” Modi tweeted this evening on return from the poll-bound state where he addressed two rallies.

“I just spoke to President @ashrafghani and expressed my sympathies & condolences at the damage caused by the earthquake,” the Prime Minister said.

“President @AshrafGhani shared with me his initial assessment of the damage. I offered all possible assistance,” he added in a tweet.

Modi said Ghani told him that due to the quake, a school building collapsed and children lost their lives.

“I was very pained to hear of this… When President @ashrafghani was telling me about the school, my mind went back to a similar tragedy in Anjar, Kutch in 2001. Felt very sad,” he added.

Earlier, soon after the earthquake struck, he said he had asked for urgent assessment of the damage caused by the tremors which hit many parts of India.

“Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone’s safety,” he said in a tweet.

“I have asked for an urgent assessment and we stand ready for assistance where required, including Afghanistan & Pakistan,” the Prime Minister added.

A powerful 7.5 magnitude quake, epicentred in Jarm, about 250 kms from the capital Kabul in Afghanistan’s northeast, also shook Pakistan and India. The quake lasted about one minute.

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