Gangtok: Sikkim chief minister PS Golay visited the landslide-affected areas at Tsong village in Sikkim and distributed relief materials among the affected people. Due to excessive rainfall on September 16, multiple landslides were reported at the village in West Sikkim district.
Speaking with EastMojo, West Sikkim DC Karma Bonpo informed about the severe damages that have affected the district, especially in Tsong village in the evening of September 16 due to continuous rainfall. However, he also highlighted how the swift action of the quick response team and the departments concerned led to the evacuation of the people stranded in the calamity occurred area.
“The rescue and relief operation had already begun since September 16 (evening) in parts of Yuksam subdivision where the news of slug formation, washing out of roads due to mudslides, power supply being cut off and damages to water pipe lines were reported,” said Bonpo.
A relief camp was set up at the tourism guest house in Yuksam to supply food and water and a senior citizen was brought to Yuksam primary health center (PHC) for treatment, who succumbed to her injuries on September 17.
“The deceased was stuck in the landslide due to which she got injured. She was immediately evacuated to the PHC and efforts were made to transfer her to the district hospital. Unfortunately, due to bad weather conditions the emergency helicopter service could not come into use,” the DC added.
The state roads and bridges department has started the process of road clearance and restoration. The department of energy and power has confirmed that all power lines have been restored in the Yuksam Tashiding sub-division, except for Tsong Village.
On September 17, similar relief operations and supply of relief materials were conducted by the concerned organisations and departments. On September 18, the relief camp in the Yuksom out-post was made functional where 98 families of Tsong village were evacuated.
Veterinary officials have been deputed to take care of the injured animals and are also disposing the ones who died due to the calamity. Around 20 cows, several goats and other small animals have died so far. However the exact number is yet to be calculated, informed the DC.
“However, there is no need to panic. The situation is nearing normalcy. Relief materials are being provided to the people. Road is nearing completion and Yuksom road will be restored soon. Ex gratia will be distributed at the earliest,” Bonpo said.
“The state government will for sure think about the rehabilitation. It is a stage by stage process. However we are all trying to extend the best of the best assistance possible. In case of emergencies: contact: +91 9593973686 (DPO, Disaster),” he stressed.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Sikkim Helping Hand, a Gangtok-based organisation, called a meeting to extend relief materials for the rehabilitation to the residents of Tsong village. T Lachungpa, president, Sikkim Helping Hand, said, “We will collect all essential relief items excluding and will send a team to ground zero with baby food, blankets, vegetables required other essential items required as immediate relief. We work for the rehabilitation of the disaster struck area.”
T Lachungpa, on behalf of Yamaha, also contributed Rs 1 lakh. Similarly, Martin Lotteries donated Rs 2 lakh, Yul-dru-sum Kiduk donated Rs 25000, Sikkim Lepcha Association donated Rs 25000 and PNGITES alumni donated Rs 50,000 for the welfare of the affected people.