Tuesday, September 27, 2011

PM Manmohan Singh cancels visit to Sikkim

GANGTOK: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s proposed visit to Sikkim on July 27 has been cancelled owing to unavoidable circumstances, official sources said.

The Prime Minister was scheduled to visit the Sikkim to assess situation arising after Sikkim Earthquake in state.The state had been hit by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake on September 18 causing extensive damage in the state.

The state government received an official communication from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) about the cancellation of the visit as informed to media by IPR Secretary Topgay.

As rescue and relief operations continued in the incessant rain the official death toll hit the 77 mark. Bad weather and torrential rain hampered search and rescue operations in the quake-affected areas. The injured are being treated in various government facilities and also referred to hospitals outside the state.

As per the data provided by IPR, 102 relief camps are operational in the quake affected areas of the state. The Sikkim government employees have decided to contribute a day’s salary for relief.

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