Sikkim administration finalises strategy for restoration of damaged houses

Gangtok, Oct 15 (UNI) The Sikkim government has adopted a long-term strategy for long-term restoration of houses damaged in the flash floods earlier this month, officials said on Sunday.

The matter was discussed at a high-level meeting convened by Chief Secretary Vijay Bhushan Pathak on Saturday. The district collectors participated in the meeting.

|The meeting took stock of the rescue, relief and restoration work in the flood-affected areas. The next strategy has also been adopted for long-term restoration, including reconstruction of houses, repairs of shops and other damaged infrastructure,” government sources said.

Stress was given on the rehabilitation of house owners and tenants, who have been provided shelter in relief camps.

In the meantime, a drive to identify the flash flood victim house owners has been successfully launched by the State Bank of Sikkim so that the ignorant lonee customers of any bank can claim the damages as per the rules. All the Insurance Companies have been resuested to come forward and do the needful, said PW Bhutia, SBI Managing Director.

Sikkimese have suffered tremendous loss of houses, and other infrastructure due to the recent Lhonak Lake Glacial Outburst Flood, in addition to the inundation caused by Teesta river due to rains.

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