Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee on Monday said she would visit north Bengal to assess the
damage caused by the powerful earthquake even as the death
toll in the state rose to six.
"Six people have died in different areas of north Bengal.
I am going to assess the situation caused by the earthquake,"
The chief minister said she would go to Kurseong in
Darjeeling district and monitor the situation.
"I have already sent Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee
and North Bengal Affairs Minister Gautam Deb to Kurseong. DM
and SP of Darjeeling are also there. After assessing the
situation, we will decide the next course of action," she
Banerjee said while helicopters have been kept ready for
movement of health and disaster management personnel, they
could not proceed to Sikkim due to bad weather.
Efforts were on to repair the damages to NH-31A and NH-55
by landslide on war-footing, she said, adding a compensation
of Rs two lakh each for the next of kin of every victim will
"Since the relief materials for Sikkim were being routed
through Bagdogra airport in West Bengal, we will monitor and
coordinate the movement of those materials as we also have a
responsibility," Banerjee said.