Gangtok: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday made an aerial survey of quake-ravaged areas of Sikkim and announced Rs 1,000 crore as Central assistance to the state.

He also met victims of the 6.8 magnitude quake admitted to the STNM Hospital. Around 200 persons are receiving treatment at the hospital.

Singh, who surveyed the worst-affected areas like Lachung, Lachen, Chungthang and Dzongu, said, "I have announced a sum of Rs 1000 crore from the central government towards relief in the aftermath of the tragedy".

He said the Centre will ensure that every possible assistance is given to the people of Sikkim to reconstruct and rebuild their lives.

The state administration is scheduled to present a power-point presentation to the Prime Minister on the widespread damages and devastation caused by the temblor.

He is also scheduled to discuss relief for the affected at a high-level meeting here.

Over 90 people were killed in the September 18 quake. 

Delhi Government gives Rs 5 crore relief

Delhi government decided to contribute an amount of Rs five crore for the earthquake victims in Sikkim.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the amount will be contributed to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for providing necessary help to the victims of the September 18 quake which wreaked havoc in the state.

"There has been a substantial loss of property and lives in the unprecedented earthquake in Sikkim. There is a need to provide all possible help and assistance to the affected persons and it becomes our duty to contribute in this regard," Dikshit said.

(Agencies)