2G scam hit Chidambaram gives Rs 50 cr for quake hit Sikkim

P Chidambaram
Gangtok, Sept 22: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday, Sept 22 visited Gangtok and other parts of earthquake hit Sikkim and announced Rs 50 crore as relief.

Chidambaram visited hospitals in Gangtok and inquired about the health of the injured people. The death toll over the quake reached 112, with 70 dead only in Sikkim. More than 150 were injured.

After visiting the ground zero, the home minister said, "almost 5000-6000 people are there in relief camps." Army officers are still continuing rescue operation.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had visited the place on Wednesday. The youth Congress leader visited Gangtok on his way to Meghalaya.

Sikkim has suffered a loss of Rs 1 Lakh crore following the disastrous 6.8 magnitude earthquake, said Pawan Chamling, Chief Minister, Sikkim and President of Sikkim's ruling party Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF).

He also said that the state will take several months to overcome the tragedy and feared that the number of death tolls could rise as nine villages in North Sikkim were cut off due to damaged roads and constant landslides.

Chidambaram's announcement of Government aide for the earthquake hit state comes at a time when he is being accused in the 2G spectrum scam which cost the nation a loss of whopping Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

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