SSDMA ALL SET TO TACKLE MONSOON CRISIS

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Gangtok, June 7
The monsoon season and the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may present unique challenges for Sikkim. The state, in the northeast Himalayan region, has an exceptionally fragile landscape susceptible to natural calamities, especially by landslides.  South–West Monsoon is yet to arrive but Sikkim capital has already seen the devastation yesterday as many houses and vehicles have been damaged due to landslides to be more precise mud slips.   
So to tackle the challenges as far as Monsoon is a concern, Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA) under Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department has completed all the preparedness activities in the state of Sikkim for southwest Monsoon 2021. SSDMA has assessed the preparatory and preparedness of all state departments shared   Phigu Bhutia, Additional Director, SSDMA under Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department.
Bhutia also informed that the pre-monsoon meetings have been conducted in all four districts under the chairmanship of the District collectors. The state control room at Tashiling Gangtok will work as a single point which shall also monitor the dissemination of early warning received from Centre and state to all the districts. We have also emergency helpline no 1070 which is functional to attend to disaster situations 24/7 added Bhutia. 
Phigu Bhutia also shared “National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) stationed at Pakyong and home guards and Civil defense Gangtok is kept on alert to respond in case of any eventuality under command of SSDMA. NGOs/ civil defense are also kept on alert to provide necessary voluntary services in case of any eventuality. 
Not only this but DCs South and West have been instructed to ensure that the IRB, Pipaley State Disaster Response Force for south and west districts to be kept on alert to respond in case of any eventuality, similarly DCs North and East districts have also been instructed to ensure that Sikkim Armed Police, Pangthang,    State Disaster Response Force for north and east districts is kept on alert to respond in case of any eventuality shared Phigu Bhutia. 
And lastly, Bhutia informed that SSDMA has instructed the Department of Telecommunication to ensure that BSNL and other telecom agencies to place a necessary arrangement for the early restoration of mobile services. The department will also ensure alternate mechanisms for the supply of power to mobile towers if there is a power failure. 
 
 
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Sikkim in the last 24 hours Gangtok only receives 103 mm of rainfall by followed by 60mm in Kabi and 56.2mm in Tadong.

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