A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck in Manipur today at 4.35 am where six people were killed and over 90 were injured. Many buildings collapsed or developed cracks in Tamenglong,
The Army and Air Force have joined the relief operations and two teams of National Disaster Response Force have been rushed to Imphal while one was being sent to Assam.
But the news channels relayed the news and moved on. The Pathankot operation occupied the most screen space but while the channels found time to cut to Justice Lodha talking about BCCI reforms, the earthquake remained an after-thought. However, as many of Twitter mentioned, every time Delhi quivers for six seconds or less, the whole nation is alerted about it.
This is like the Chennai floods all over again.
Here's how a few people reacted on social media:
#ManipurEarthquake 6.8 mangnitude! Earthquake's becoming so frequent and life threatening. Hope everyone's safe.— Sophie (@Nambram_Sophie) January 4, 2016
The post by BBC news on #ManipurEarthquake is filled with heartless comments. Shows how 'humanity' is hardly a trait of human kind anymore.— Never Mind (@_Mazikeen_) January 4, 2016
#ManipurEarthquake toll rises to 8. Severe damage reported in some places. People must be aghast, panicking. Prayers. The worst is over.— गीतिका (@ggiittiikkaa) January 4, 2016
You may have thought that national media learnt their lesson after the Chennai flood coverage but it looks like they haven't. And that's really sad.
(With inputs from PTI)