Quake toll rises to 53, major landslide in North Sikkim

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 14:36 hrs

Gangok: With three more bodies retrieved from the debris at Dzongu in North Sikkim district, the death toll in the quake-hit Himalayan state has risen to 53 while a major landslide cut off the district from the rest of the state on Tuesday.

The North Sikkim highway through Dikchu opened this morning, but a major landslide near the area cut off North Sikkim from the rest of the country, sources said.

The only mode to reach North Sikkim is through helicopters but they are unable to operate due to inclement weather, they added.

Of the 53, 36 people died in North Sikkim, 12 in East Sikkim, four in West Sikkim and one in South Sikkim, according to the Relief Control Room sources here.

In Gangtok, three water pipelines have been made operational, Water Security and Public Health Engineering Department said.

Meanwhile, Roads and Bridges Department has projected a tentative cost of Rs. 39,680 lakh for restoration works.

The department has mobilized manpower and machinery for restoration of all roads to speed up rescue and relief operations, official sources said.

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