The latest forecast of the Global Earthquake Activity Index (GEAI) shows that there are now more than 1,500 earthquakes with an epicentre in the Asia-Pacific region, the world’s fifth-largest economy.
While most earthquakes have an epicenter in the eastern and central parts of the region, there are also a number in the southern Indian states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, and in the central Indian states.
The GEAI has a rating of 1.9.
The previous peak in the index was in 2016, when there were 1,621 earthquakes.
The latest update comes as the Centre announced that it will introduce mandatory mandatory evacuations for all families with more than three members, in the wake of the first major earthquake in the country in September.
The measures, to be implemented from October, have the support of the state governments of the three states.
However, the latest update shows that the number of deaths has increased by over 70% in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu since the last assessment.
“The number of fatalities has gone up to 1,300 in the two states.
In the northern states of Andhra and Karnataka, the number has increased to 1.2 lakh,” a government official said.
The official said that the state government has taken measures to make it easier for people to get out of their homes.
“We have given relief packages and also ensured that people can get out from their homes and get their children and spouses out of the affected areas.
However, there has been a rise in cases of pneumonia, as a result of the lack of medical facilities,” the official said, adding that the death toll in Tamil Nadu has also increased by nearly a quarter.”
We have made arrangements to set up hospitals in the affected districts to provide treatment for the patients,” he said.
The official said the state health department has also been making arrangements for the provision of essential medicines.
Meanwhile, the official at the Maharashtra government health department said the government has been working towards building up health infrastructure.
“A number of schemes have been implemented to improve health infrastructure in the state.
For instance, we have been building a primary health centre in Hyderabad.
We have also been working on setting up a health centre at Rishikesh.
We are also trying to set a health hub at Guntur in Andhra,” he added.