Gangtok: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee on Tuesday went around some quake-hit areas in Sikkim
where the toll has climbed to 50 and promised all help to the
state to tide over its major crisis.
As her convoy reached Rangpo to enter Sikkim through the
landslide-hit National Highway-31A, the lifeline of the state,
she was welcomed by some ministers and a large crowd. She was
greeted with traditional `khada` (scarf).
Banerjee interacted with people and visited two hospitals,
including the central referral hospital where many quake
victims have been admitted.
She enquired about their health, talked to attending
doctors and nurses, asked about medical requirements and
assured them that West Bengal would provide necessary help for
Before leaving for Sikkim, Banerjee who has been in
Darjeeling district since yesterday to survey the extent of
damage, said her government was ready to offer assistance to
"We are with our brothers and sisters in Sikkim at this
hour of distress," she said.
The chief minister took pride in the fact that the West
Bengal government was the first to reach relief materials and
medical kits to the quake-hit people of Sikkim.
The West Bengal government may send a medical team as
well to the state.