6.8 Earthquake rocks parts of India

Media Releases article written on the 04 Jan 2016

Oxfam is ready to respond with staff on the ground after a 6.8 strong earthquake rocked North Eastern India this morning.

While the extent of the damage is not yet clear, the shallow quake has struck a densely populated area of the region.

Oxfam has worked in India for more than 60 years.

Despite being the third largest economy in the world, India has high rates of poverty, maternal mortality and malnutrition. Much of the population are unable to access health, education and other essential services.

The Indian Government has a strong capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies, and if requested, Oxfam will support their response.

The USGS estimates that as many as 98m people in the region may have felt the earthquake.

In 2005, a magnitude 7.6 quake in Pakistan-administered Kashmir left more than 75,000 people dead.

For interviews or more information, please contact Roslyn Boatman on +61 409 549 049 or roslynb@oxfam.org.au