#ManipurEarthquake: Is national media indifferent to Northeast suffering?

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Security personel walk past a collapsed building following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, in Imphal on 4 December, 2015. At least eight people were killed and scores injured. Photo: Biju Boro/AFP

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Indian bystanders walk past damaged buildings in Imphal on 4 January, 2016, after a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck north-east India near the country's borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. Photo: Dibyangshu/AFP

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Indian bystanders walk past damaged buildings in Imphal on 4 January, 2016, after a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck north-east India near the country's borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. Photo: Dibyangshu/AFP

#ManipurEarthquake: Is national media indifferent to Northeast suffering?

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Indian bystanders walk past damaged buildings in Imphal on 4 January, 2016, after a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck north-east India near the country's borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. Photo: Dibyangshu/AFP

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Cracks line the front of a telecommuncations building in Imphal on 4 January, 2016, after a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck northeast India near the country's borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. Photo: STRDEL/AFP

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An Indian woman receives medical attention, following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, at a hospital in Imphal on 4 January, 2016. Photo: Biju Boro/AFP

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An Indian man receives medical attention, following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, at a hospital in Imphal on 4 January, 2016. Photo: Biju Boro/AFP

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Indian traders wait outside a market to collect their materials after the building was damaged in a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Imphal on 4 January, 2016.Photo: Dibyangshu/AFP

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Indian woman Mina (L) is consoled by a family member after her mother and niece were killed in a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, in Leimakhong village on the outskirts of Imphal, on 4 January, 2016. Photo: Biju Boro/AFP

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An Indian hospital worker stands next to a body at a hospital, following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, in Imphal on 4 January, 2016.

MANIPUR EARTHQUAKE

#ManipurEarthquake: Is national media indifferent to Northeast suffering?

Priyata Brajabasi @PriyataB

An earthquake measuring 6.7 magnitude struck Manipur in the early hours of Monday, 4 January, killing at least eight people and injuring nearly 200.

People were jolted early in the morning. The quake hit the state at about 4:35 AM as more than 200 houses, including some multi-storey buildings, collapsed.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was 57 kilometres (35 miles) deep and struck 29 kilometres (18 miles) west of Imphal, the capital of Manipur, on the border with Myanmar.

"It was the biggest earthquake we've felt in Imphal," disaster response worker Kanarjit Kangujam told news agency Reuters via telephone.

Residents of Imphal said people fled their homes and power and telecoms lines were down in the remote region.

Some lashed out at what they called the authorities' slow response, saying that although the Army had begun to clear some debris, it appeared to be short on heavy equipment.

"We haven't seen any help from the government side until now," said Kangujam, the disaster response volunteer in Manipur. "The government has not given us any information."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was in touch with authorities in the northeast.

The Army and Air Force joined the relief operations and two teams of National Disaster Response Force were rushed to Imphal while one was being sent to Assam.

However, the national media had screen space for only the Pathankot attack and Justice Lodha's reforms of the BCCI. The earthquake destruction in the Northeastern state of Manipur remained only an after-thought.

Many people took to social media and criticised the media for ignoring the Manipur earthquake.

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