Forest minister visits landslide-hit areas of Dzongu

Sunday, Jun 16, 2024 09:45 [IST]

Last Update: Sunday, Jun 16, 2024 04:06 [IST]

Forest minister visits landslide-hit areas of Dzongu

GANGTOK,: In response to the recent landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in Mangan district, Forest minister and area MLA Pintso Namgyal Lepcha on Saturday continued with his survey of the cut-off areas of Bringbong and Hee-Gyathang in Dzongu constituency to assess the situation first hand. The landslides have caused significant disruption, severing road connectivity at various points and affecting the daily lives of the local residents.

During the visit, the minister assured the public that the restoration of road connectivity is a top priority. He emphasized the importance of swift action to re-establish access to critical areas and ensure that essential supplies can reach the affected communities without delay, a press release informs.

Lepcha stated that the government is committed to deploying all necessary resources to expedite the road repair and clearing process.

The minister instructed the district administration to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the damage caused by the landslides. He stressed the need for accurate and timely information to facilitate effective disaster response and resource allocation. The administration is tasked with identifying the most severely affected areas and prioritizing them for immediate intervention.

During his visit, the minister engaged with the local community, listening to their concerns and suggestions. He emphasized the importance of community involvement in disaster management.

A team of district administration and concerned officials distributed the ex-gratia financial assistance provided by the Minister to those affected by the landslides of Hee-Gyathang GPU, the release mentions.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi