Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Saturday soon after the major earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 1,000 people so far, including some inside India.
The meeting was attended by Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh, the National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra, Additional Principal Secretary P.K. Mishra, and senior officials from the Government, IMD, and NDRF.
The Prime Minister had earlier spoken to the President and Prime Minister of Nepal, and the Chief Ministers of the States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim and Madhya Pradesh. The Prime Minister has assured Nepal of all assistance in dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake.
The Prime Minister was briefed on the inputs regarding the extent of damage to life and property received so far from various places in India and Nepal.
The Prime Minister directed immediate dispatch of relief and rescue teams, including medical teams to Nepal, as well as to affected areas in India. He also directed that proper arrangements be made for rendering assistance in evacuation of stranded tourists.
The Prime Minister was informed that the first set of NDRF teams is expected to reach Kathmandu today itself.
The Union Government’s Crisis Management Committee, which met earlier today, will be meeting again later today on emergency relief measures to be taken up on war footing.