National Crisis Management Committee reviews Sikkim situation and relief efforts


The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), chaired by Cabinet Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba assessed the ongoing situation in Sikkim. Chief Secretary of Sikkim joined via video conference and shared updates on the progress of road connectivity restoration efforts, with most areas now accessible. He also reported that improved weather conditions have allowed for evacuation and airlifting operations, resulting in the successful rescue of 80 individuals. The Chief Secretary highlighted the establishment of 28 relief camps, providing shelter to more than 6,800 people, and the continuous supply of essential items, including food, medicines, and LPG, to affected areas.

Director General of IMD informed about favourable weather forecasts from 11th to 13th October, whilst NDRF has deployed a total of 6 rescue teams in the state, with 3 reserve teams on standby in Siliguri. Additionally, the Indian Army and Air Force have deployed teams and assets to assist in rescue and restoration efforts.

The Home Secretary reiterated that the Central Government is monitoring the situation around the clock and mentioned the presence of an Inter-Ministerial Coordination Team (IMCT) in Sikkim to evaluate the situation. He assured the Committee of the release of necessary additional central assistance to the Government of Sikkim.

While reviewing relief and rescue measures, Cabinet Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba emphasized the utmost priority of swift evacuation. He stressed the urgent launch of Bailey Bridges to restore road connectivity in areas where bridges have been washed away, pledging unwavering support from the Central Government.

The meeting saw the participation of several key officials, including the Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary of Sikkim, Secretary, M/o Road Transport & Highways, Secretary, D/o Military Affairs, Member Secretary, NDMA, CISC IDS, DG NDRF, DGMO, DG IMD, DDG BRO and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence.

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