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Nepal quake: Parrikar assures prompt action

New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said that New Delhi is assessing the situation post the earthquake in Nepal, adding that the government would put all the resources available to help the neighbouring nation in this hour of crisis. "We are assessing the situation and seeing what else could be required from our end. Four flights have already gone. We will increase the frequency tomorrow," Parrikar told ANI. "Helicopters could not go due to bad weather. Tomorrow morning there will be more arrangements from Gorakhpur," he added. Parrikar further said that he has directed the Army to lend all possible help to the civil administration in Bihar. Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs announced that 312 stranded Indians have been evacuated from Nepal in three IAF flights carrying 52, 100 and 160 people respectively. The death toll from the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal has risen to 1100 while 32 people were killed in Bihar. The impact of the earthquake was felt in almost all northern states in India particularly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal. ANI

Updated : 26 April 2015 6:31 AM GMT
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