In the backdrop of the massive September 18 earthquake, Sikkim government has held a high level meet this morning 19th September 2011. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and attended by the Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary and Head of Departments. The meet discussed and took decisions on the recent earth quake that hit the state.
As per the available information the damages caused in the state are as follows:
East Sikkim- 6
West Sikkim- 3
Total – 16
The number of persons admitted for treatment at various hospitals are as follows:
1. Mangan North Sikkim-47
2. STNM, Gangtok, East Sikkim – 38
3. Singtam, East Sikkim – 8
4. Chungthang, North Sikkim -10
The Chief Minister has announced ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakhs per persons for the kith and kin of the deceased, Rs. 50,000 for grievous injuries and Rs. 25,000 for minor injuries.
The relief for damages to houses is as follows
1. Pucca house – Rs. 50,000
2. Kutcha House – Rs.30,000
3. Partial damages to pucca house – Rs.25,000
4. Partial damage to Kutcha house – Rs. 15,000
For losses of cattle and livestock the Chief Minister announced Rs.10,000 for cattle such as cows and buffalos, Rs. 3000 for goats and Rs. 5,000 for pigs.
Details of damages caused to houses are as follows:
1. Houses and buildings that have collapsed – 1000 nos.
2. Houses and building that have been partially damaged – 1,00,000 nos
Besides the above all the major roads such as National Highway, state highway, district highways and rural roads have been damaged extensively. Along with the roads concrete bridges, rural bridges have also been damaged.
The Secretariat building, Government Press building, Police Headquarter, hospital buildings, school buildings and government buildings in all four districts have also been extensively damaged.
Power Transmission lines and electric poles have also been uprooted severely effecting power supply.
Water supply of Gangtok has been reported to be damaged and rural water supply in various districts have been affected.
The Chief Minister has constituted a high level relief team that will visit all four districts and take immediate action on relief and restoration works.
For South Sikkim the relief team will be headed by Shri K.N.Bhutia, Commissioner cum Secretary, Commerce and Industries, for North Shri Nari Tshering Bhutia,PCCF cum Sectretary, Forest Department, for West Shri Topjor Bhutia, Commissioner cum Secretary, UDHD and for East district Shri B.K.Kharel, Commissioner cum Secretary, Land Revenue Department will look after the relief operations.
The HCM himself will be personally touring all four districts and dispense with relief measures. He has also directed all MLA’s and Panchayats to assist in the relief operation at the grass root level , which are being taken up at a war footing.
Lastly, the HCM has extended his condolences to all the bereaved family members of those whose lives which were lost in calamity and has also wished speedy recovery to the injured. In his message the CM has assured the people of Sikkim that all measures and steps are being taken in a pro active manner so as to alleviate the suffering of those affected by this unfortunate calamity. He has also made an appeal to all Sikkimese to stay resilient and calm in the face of this adversity.
According to a recent report the PM has sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs each to the families of the persons deceased in Sikkim Earthquake.