Rahul Gandhi reaches Sikkim to visit quake-hit areas

United News of India

Gangtok, September 21, 2011

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today arrived in Sikkim to visit the areas affected by last Sunday's 6.8 magnitude earthquake and meet the victims.

Mr Gandhi landed at Bagdogra airport in West Bengal at around 0810 hours, about an hour behind schedule due to inclement weather.

From Bagdogra, nearly 40 minutes later, he took an army helicopter and reached Gangtok at around 1000 hours.

Mr Gandhi will visit different parts of Sikkim to take stock of relief and rescue operations and also hold meetings with local administration.

Weather permitting, he is expected to fly back to Delhi later today, sources said.