Narinder Nath Vohra, the governor of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, is urging Mehbooba Mufti, chief minister of the region, to sound the alarm and order emergency preparations ahead of it striking, amid claims the area is “completely unprepared for the worst”. He fears countless lives will be lost unless action is taken. Mr Vohra has written to Mrs Mufti stressing the state is largely within seismic zone V and “our people had, as recently as in the 2005 earthquake, suffered considerable losses.”

He pointed to the lack of response of the administration to devastating floods in September 2014 and expressed concern that “we were totally unprepared on all fronts”. Mr Vohra called for the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) to take urgent action to strengthen structures to reduce the risk of major collapse. READ MORE