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No trace of 120 people at North Sikkim village

We find no trace as yet of 120 people living in 14 huts at Bay village as the area is totally devastated.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Tung,north Sikkim |
September 22, 2011 1:59:11 am

There is still no trace of 120 residents of Bay village in North Sikkim,located between Lachung and Chungthang,after Sunday’s powerful quake even as a flash flood at Lachung poses a fresh threat of landslides.

“We find no trace as yet of 120 people living in 14 huts at Bay village as the area is totally devastated. There is a lot of debris … and the residents have gone missing,” said National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team in-charge Nisith Upadhyay.

He said four NDRF teams have fanned out to worst-hit Lingu,Sakyang,Pentong and Bay villages in North Sikkim which have been rendered almost inaccessible after the quake.

“We are afraid some bodies may have been trapped under the flattened houses as boulders are lying strewn all over,” he added.

According to S R Bhutia,Deputy Director of Horticultural Society of Sikkim,who led the four teams,“We haven’t found any person in the village. We are searching for them.”

Meanwhile,a flash flood at Lachung Chu river has posed a threat of fresh landslides at Lachung,one of the worst-hit by the quake,according to a Geological Survey of India officer.

“The flash flood will loosen the soil and may trigger fresh landslides in the area,” the GSI’s Sikkim zone officer said.

CM: Damage may be around Rs 1 lakh crore

GANGTOK: The loss from Sunday’s devastating earthquake in Sikkim is estimated to be around Rs 1 lakh crore,Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling said on Wednesday,while urging the Centre to grant a special package. “I think loss and damage will be not less than Rs 1 lakh crore. We will assess thoroughly the loss of properties,” Chamling said at a press conference here. “We are trying to assess the (exact) loss. We will do it in about 10 days and will submit a report and ask for a special package from the Centre.” The chief minister announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured.

Rs 3400-cr damage in Darjeeling hills

DARJEELING: The earthquake caused Rs 3400 crore in the Darjeeling Hills,official reports said on Wednesday. While 2900 houses were flattened,42,000 houses got partially damaged,the reports compiled by DGHC authorities said. In Siliguri city,1,100 houses were totally damaged and 47,000 houses partially affected,SMC Mayor Gangotri Datta said. About 1,00,000 people were affected in the north Bengal city.

Tagore houses damaged in quake

Darjeeling: Two houses in Kalimpong and Mongpo in the Darjeeling hills,where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore penned some of his memorable poems,were damaged during the earthquake. Official sources said the ground floor at the rear of “Gauripur Niwas” in Kalimpong,where Tagore lived in mid-1930s,collapsed and the single-storey “Rabindra Bhavan” at Mongpo,where Tagore stayed towards the end of his life,also developed cracks.

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