Gyalshing, 19 Sept:
Chief Minister, PS Tamang [Golay], met the landslide affected families of Tsong village under YuksomTashiding constituency today and took stock of the damages. He interacted with members of the affected families at the relief camp set up near Yuksom bazaar.
Apart from the ex-gratia under State Disaster Response Fund [SDRF] norms, the Chief Minister announced Rs 1 lakh for fully damaged houses and Rs50,000 for severely and partially damaged houses from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
He also handed over cheque ofRs 4 lakh from National Disaster Response Fund [NDRF] and Rs 2 lakh from CM’s Relief Fund to the kin ofBuddhi Maya Subba who succumbed to injuries from the landslide on 18 Sept.
The CM also distributed necessary items like sleeping bags, waterpipes and blankets to the landslide victims.
The CM directed the District Collector to disburse the ex-gratia at the earliest and also mentioned that all affected households will be given ex-gratia depending on the damages.
It may be mentioned that incessant rain had triggered a landslide in Tsong village on 16 Sept. 76 families have been displaced and rendered homeless due to landslides and many have lost their lands and livestock.
During his visit, the CM also said that those whose houses have been damaged will be provided houses under the Sikkim GaribAwaasYojana.
Mines and Geology department will survey the damaged areas to determine the stability of the affected areas and based on the report of the department, decision will be taken on where to rehabilitate the people, MrTamang said.
TheCM urged the Roads and Bridges Department to swiftly restore the damaged roads for smooth connectivity and transportation of relief materials to the Relief Camp located at Yuksom.
He thanked all the officials involved for responding to the disaster swiftly and the local people for helping coordinate relief efforts and remaining calm through the disaster.