4 Odias injured in Nepal earthquake

Bhubaneswar: Four persons from Kendrapara district were injured in the powerful earthquake that rocked Nepal as the Odisha government has asked all the district collectors to gather information about people from the state staying in the Himalayan Kingdom.

As per the information received from Collector, Kendrapara district, about 335 persons of Pattamundai and Aul Blocks of the district are staying in Nepal, a statement issued by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Mohapatra said.

Of them, four persons – Bulu Kumar Sethi of Pattamundai block, Khiroda Behera, Manoj Behera, Mamata Behera of Aul block – have suffered minor injuries while the others are safe, Mohapatra said.

Meanwhile, three persons of Balangir district – Bidhubhusan Mohapatra, his wife Pragnya Paramita Guru and their child Adrika Mohapatra – had taken shelter in a relief camp at Etimore, Lalippur, Nepal and were in need of help, he said.

Their case for safe transfer to India has been taken up with the Centre through the Chief Resident Commissioner at New Delhi, he said.

“A 24-hour helpline has been set up in the office of the Chief Resident Commissioner, Odisha Government, New Delhi (Landline: 011-24679201?EPABX, Extn-04; Mob:07803850005) to facilitate the persons from Odisha on their return from Nepal,” he said.

It was also reported by Collector, Jharsuguda that there are about 900 employees from Nepal in the 2nd Battalion, OSAP at Jharsuguda, he said, adding, about 10 other employees had gone on leave to their native place in Nepal.

All of them have reported to their Commandant as being safe, he said.

Eight persons from Odisha arrived at New Delhi from Nepal yesterday evening.

About the April 25 temblor, the SRC said though tremors were felt in most parts of Odisha, no report of damage to life or property in the state has been reported.

Aftershocks were also felt in many parts of Odisha next day, he said.

A 24 hour Helpdesk has been set up at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (Terminal-3) to facilitate passage of persons returning from Nepal to Odisha, he added.