Gangtok: September 20
50 deaths so far in Sikkim
The number of deaths as reported by the State Goverment of Sikkim is 50. This may increase further as rescue and relief teams reach into the interiors. Conformed reports say that 12 died in East Sikkim (Rangpo – 1, Singtam – 2, Chubakola – 5, 15th Mile – 2, Sang – 1, Makha – 1);33 deaths in North District (Mangan/Lachan – 10, Toong – 4, Chungthan – 10, Salimpokyel – 9); 4 in West District (Mangalbaria -2, Geyzing -1, Kalukh-1) and 1 in South District (Jorethang -1).
The number of deaths in West Bengal is reported to 12 (Darjeelling – 8, Jalpaigudi – 1, North West Dinajpur – 3) and in Bihar 6 people died. (Nawada – 1, Nalanda – 1, Darbhanga -1, Shivhar -1 and Samastipur -2).
Rescue and relief work on
The road from Gangtok to Mangan is open now but the road from Mangan to Chungthan is yet to be opened. The damage to the road is reported to be heavy.
5 teams of NDRF were placed at Gangtok yesterday. One team has left for Mangan at 7.15 a.m. today. As it is still not possible to reach by the road, arrangements are being made to airlift another NDRF team to Chungthan. Two rescue teams of 30 personnel each from Jat Regiment were already airdropped at Mangan and Chungthan yesterday for search and rescue. The team has started work. In the meantime a team of 10 doctors from Delhi has also reached Chungthan. Two choppers are being pressed into service with the officials of NDRF and State Govt. for aerial surveillance of affected areas and to ascertain the damage and casualties. Food packets have been airdropped in the Northern areas of North District this morning. Senior Secretaries of the State Government have been deputed in each district. Relief camps have been opened in each district. One Joint Secretary from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been deputed to Sikkim to coordinate the relief operations.