Centre announces Rs 50 crore aid for Sikkim

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday arrived in the earthquake-hit Sikkim to take stock of the relief and rescue work there.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, who arrived in Sikkim to take stock of the relief and rescue work there, Thursday, announced a central assistance of Rs 50 crore for the quake-hit northeastern state.
The announcement was made shortly after the Home Minister reviewed the ground situation and relief camps set up state administration, police and central forces by the state authorities.

The Home Minister also went to meet the earthquake victims who are being treated at various government and Army hospitals.

More than 3,000 people were rescued in quake-hit areas of Sikkim by defence forces which scrambled hard to clear debris of collapsed structures and landslides as the death toll in
Sunday`s powerful temblor neared 100.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also announced an assistance of Rs five crore for Sikkim.
Chouhan spoke to Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling over phone and assured him full support from the people of Madhya Pradesh in this hour of tragedy.

The state government will provide all possible help needed in this time of natural calamity, he said.

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