Vulnerability in Focus Following the 6.8 magnitude earthquake on September 18th, 2011, structures in Gangtok still stand live, but there are reports stating damages in parts of rural northern and eastern Sikkim that lie on the periphery of this urban capital.
Sikkim is not only susceptible to earthquakes, but also landslides, which have proved to be detrimental in reaching out to save lives.
The nature of damages occurred by earthquake is evidence of the inappropriate structural development in these areas. Despite the low population density, the risk and destruction was multiplied manifold by the failure of unengineered lifeline structures and adhoc development.
Our assessment shows that shelters have are badly damaged and that public buildings, including schools and health centres, have been badly affected.