'Indian food made IAFS delegates oblivious of tremor'

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New Delhi, Oct 26: The Indian food and strong structure of Indira Gandhi Stadium made the participants at the third Indo-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) oblivious of tremor that struck Delhi, a senior Indian official said on Monday.

Answering query from a visiting journalist from Africa about the tremor, IAFS' chief coordinator Syed Akbaruddin said here that the tremors would have been felt outside the venue.

Indian food makes delegates forget quake

"Inside the summit venue, we were happily having lunch. Indian food made it oblivious. None felt the tremor," he said. [India-Africa summit feels tremors but meeting continues]

Akbaruddin said that structure of stadiums was normally stronger than other buildings

The tremor came on the first day of the four day summit which is expected to be attended by over 40 head of state and head of governments from 54 African countries. The main summit will take place on October 29.

[132 killed, over 1300 injured as strongest earthquake, in a decade, jolts Pakistan]

Officials from 54 African countries and India met on Monday on the first day of the summit.

An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale and with its epicentre in Afghanistan shook large parts of north India at around 2.40 p.m.


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