New Delhi/Gangtok: Around 200 Army troops including a medical team have been sent to worst-affected Mangan district of the quake-stricken Sikkim.

The Quick Reaction Team was also rushed to the district. Addressing the media, Home Secretary said, “Roads from Gangtok to Mangan are open. Five NDRF teams have been sent to the district.”

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The earthquake has left a trail of devastation damaging roads, houses, and other structures, uprooting mobile phone towers and snapping communication and power lines.

At least 41 people have been killed in the earthquake in Sikkim. Twenty-two people travelling in a bus went missing since Monday evening in the North district of Sikkim.

The North district headquarters of Mangan, located 65 km from Gangtok, seems to be totally devastated, officials said.

Food packets have been dropped in the inaccessible areas of the state. Army troops, NDRF teams and disaster management authorities are working round-the-clock to clear the debris and open roads. Relief efforts have been hampered by torrential rain and landslides in most areas of the state.

A team of NDRF has been trying to move through Singhtham to reach Mangam and provide relief material to the affected people.
It was reported that people are still in a state of panic.

People are so scared that they are not entering their houses which have developed cracks or have got tilted after the earthquake. Many people were found sitting on roadsides, public places and near temples.

Tourists are yet to get over the shock. They have not yet been able to leave Gangtok and other places of the state as the roads are either damaged or blocked by landslides.

Power and telephone lines have been restored in Gangtok. But the fringe areas of the town are enveloped in darkness and cut off from the rest of the world. All telephone connections outside Gangtok are still out of service.

(Agencies)