2012 saw Sikkim leaving behind memories of the devastation caused by last year`s earthquake as rehabilitation and distribution of ex-gratia continued in full swing during the year.
Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling said that the 6.8 Richter scale earthquake
which hit the state on September 18 has taken the state back
by five to seven years in terms of development.
After the likes of Pele, Maradona and Lionel Messi, thrice world footballer of the year, Ronaldo is set to play in India in an exhibition match in Kolkata on January 15 to collect funds for the victims of Sikkim earthquake.
A meeting of India`s top seismologists has strongly recommended that NE states set up their own state disaster response units.
The GSI submitted a report to the Sikkim government on the earthquake which claimed over 75 lives.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the amount will be contributed to the Prime Minister`s Relief Fun.
Army made 12 helicopter sorties
on Tuesday to the inaccessible parts of Chungthang, Lachen and Lachung in Sikkim.
Experts from NIMHANS are being sent to provide psycho-social care to the people affected by the natural calamity in Sikkim.
Sikkim is limping back to normalcy with most of the connecting roads in the remote areas restored.
With 18 more bodies recovered in North Sikkim the toll in Sunday`s devastating quake rose to 135.
Over 10,000 food packets were air-dropped in the quake-hit areas of north Sikkim as two major roads connecting the region remained blocked.
The Army has given shelter to 552 people of Chungthang in houses which are still usable, an Army officer in Chungthang said.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan spoke to Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling over phone and assured him full support.
The death toll in the killer earthquake in Sikkim Thursday mounted to 78 even as landslides in several places cut off road links between the state and the rest of the country.
Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday arrived in the earthquake-hit Sikkim to take stock of the relief and rescue work there.
Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling on Wednesday said that the relief and rescue operation in the earthquake-affected parts of Sikkim will be completed in the next two to three days.
India`s most famous footballer Baichung Bhutia told on Tuesday of his desperate eight-hour journey on foot and by bus to reach his pregnant wife after the earthquake in his home state of Sikkim.
Thirty-five tourists, including two from Norway, were airlifted on Wednesday by the Army from Lachung village, one of the worst-hit quake areas in Sikkim.
At least 68 people have died in the earthquake that struck large parts of north and east India, Home Secretary RK Singh said Tuesday and warned that the toll is expected to go up as rescue operations
The earthquake that rocked Sikkim on Sunday is unusual in terms of its magnitude and nature of origin.
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