What You Won’t See on TV News: Mizoram Has Suffered 3 Devastating Earthquakes in the Last Week

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What You Won’t See on TV News: Mizoram Has Suffered 3 Devastating Earthquakes in the Last Week

Illustration: Arati Gujar

As the rest of the country grapples with the unending coronavirus pandemic, and debates the stand-off along the LAC, Mizoram has had to deal with three calamities.

In the last week alone, three earthquakes have struck the Northeastern state, damaging many buildings, including a Church, as well as forming cracks in the state highway.

The latest of these earthquakes struck early this morning and measured a 5.3 on the Richter scale. Another quake, reports said, shook Mizoram 12 hours prior. The tremors were felt in the capital Aizawl, as well as many other parts of the state.

No casualties were reported, but a few images of the destruction caused by the successive earthquakes were shared online — including by Chief Minister Zoramthanga.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his support to the state, and promised to provide all assistance from the Centre.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, too, took to Twitter to say that he had spoken to the chief minister of Mizoram on the phone to extend a hand of support.

Still it wasn’t hard to notice that the consecutive calamities in the Northeast weren’t met with the usual outpouring of support that’s expected from social media.

Earlier this month cyclones that hit both Bengal and Maharashtra and Gujarat were dissected in detail online. Many social media users and politicians pledged donations to those worst affected by the natural disaster, while tributes poured in from all quarters.

But for Mizoram, it seems even three earthquakes in one week hasn’t been enough to stir the rest of the country into action. As the state prepares to rebuild some of its damaged buildings, it may be time to direct some thoughts and prayers their way.

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