Center increases compensation to Rs 6 Lakh for quake victims


New Delhi: The central government on Sunday announced Rs 6 lakh compensation to the relatives of those killed in India due to the quake as Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of rescue and relief operations both at home and in Nepal at a review meeting and directed that they be speeded up through close coordination among agencies.

At a joint news conference with top officials who included Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Home Secretary LC Goyal said the death toll in India today stood at 62 and the number of injured was 259. On Saturday, 51 deaths were reported. Giving the breakup, Goyal said Bihar accounted for 46 deaths while the other deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh (13), West Bengal (2) and Rajasthan (one). A minor girl in Rajasthan was among those killed today in fresh tremors when a hut collapsed at Roniza village in Bharatpur district.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar put the death toll in his state at 50. As many as eight aftershocks have been felt in Bihar in the past 24 hours since a high intensity earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale rocked Nepal and adjoining countries on Saturday claiming over 2,000 lives, a MET official said in Patna.