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PC surveys quake-hit North Sikkim areas

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GANGTOK, Sept 22 � Union Home Minister P Chidambaram landed at Libing helipad after taking an aerial view of North Sikkim by the Army chopper.

He was received by the Chief Minister along with the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police of the State at Libing helipad. After that, he visited the STNM Hospital and inspected the hospital premises.

After visiting Tashiling Secretariat, Chidambaram called on the Governor at the Raj Bhawan and held a meeting with him, Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and Heads of Departments.

After the meeting, Chidam-baram addressed the Press at the Raj Bhawan, Gangtok.

The Centre will be releasing Rs 50 crore immediately as relief to the earthquake-ravaged Sikkim.This will be in addition to the second installment of the Centre�s share in the State Disaster Relief Fund, released yesterday.

This was announced by the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram while talking to mediapersons after reviewing the ongoing relief and rescue works with the Governor, the Chief Minister and top officials of the State Government, Army and ITBP at the Raj Bhavan in Gangtok today.

Assuring that the people of the entire country are behind the people of Sikkim in this hour of crisis, he said that the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was very keen to visit Sikkim but was advised to come afterwards as even the relief teams have not been able to reach the affected areas.

Chidambaram assured that the Prime Minster too will visit Sikkim after his ongoing tour to New York and may announce more relief for the State.

He said that a Central team will soon be sent to assess the damage, pending a memorandum from the State in this regard.

He said that the Army, the ITBP and the NDRF are doing a good job by undertaking relief and rescue operations on a war footing in close coordination with the State administration. He said that nine villages still remain inaccessible beyond Mangan in the north district and efforts are being made to reach there.

Assuring that the money will be no problem in relief and rescue works, he said that there are a number of challenging tasks ahead. These include medical care to the injured, making as many roads as possible to connect all the affected villages, restoring power and drinking water supply, distributing relief and ensuring that thousandsof people sheltered in relief camps get proper care, Chidambaram said.

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PC surveys quake-hit North Sikkim areas

GANGTOK, Sept 22 � Union Home Minister P Chidambaram landed at Libing helipad after taking an aerial view of North Sikkim by the Army chopper.

He was received by the Chief Minister along with the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police of the State at Libing helipad. After that, he visited the STNM Hospital and inspected the hospital premises.

After visiting Tashiling Secretariat, Chidambaram called on the Governor at the Raj Bhawan and held a meeting with him, Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and Heads of Departments.

After the meeting, Chidam-baram addressed the Press at the Raj Bhawan, Gangtok.

The Centre will be releasing Rs 50 crore immediately as relief to the earthquake-ravaged Sikkim.This will be in addition to the second installment of the Centre�s share in the State Disaster Relief Fund, released yesterday.

This was announced by the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram while talking to mediapersons after reviewing the ongoing relief and rescue works with the Governor, the Chief Minister and top officials of the State Government, Army and ITBP at the Raj Bhavan in Gangtok today.

Assuring that the people of the entire country are behind the people of Sikkim in this hour of crisis, he said that the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was very keen to visit Sikkim but was advised to come afterwards as even the relief teams have not been able to reach the affected areas.

Chidambaram assured that the Prime Minster too will visit Sikkim after his ongoing tour to New York and may announce more relief for the State.

He said that a Central team will soon be sent to assess the damage, pending a memorandum from the State in this regard.

He said that the Army, the ITBP and the NDRF are doing a good job by undertaking relief and rescue operations on a war footing in close coordination with the State administration. He said that nine villages still remain inaccessible beyond Mangan in the north district and efforts are being made to reach there.

Assuring that the money will be no problem in relief and rescue works, he said that there are a number of challenging tasks ahead. These include medical care to the injured, making as many roads as possible to connect all the affected villages, restoring power and drinking water supply, distributing relief and ensuring that thousandsof people sheltered in relief camps get proper care, Chidambaram said.