Sikkim flash floods claim 33 lives, impacting over 60,000 people, with 10 key facts revealed.

On the early hours of October 4th, a cloudburst over Lhonak Lake in North Sikkim triggered a flash flood, leading to a flood-like situation in the Teesta River within the Lachen Valley. This natural disaster affected a significant population, totaling 60,870 people, as reported by PTI.

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The latest updates indicate that 33 bodies have been recovered from the slush and debris of the Teesta River, including 9 Army personnel. However, the search continues for more than 105 individuals who are still missing.

In addition to the Sikkim casualties, Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal reported the recovery of 40 bodies downstream of the Teesta River, with 10 of them identified. Rescue efforts remain ongoing, with 2,563 people rescued from various areas of the state.

The Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA) reported a total of 105 missing individuals, with 63 of them in Pakyong district, 20 in Gangtok district, 16 in Mangan, and 6 in Namchi. Search operations are being conducted using special radars, drones, and Army dogs. Among the recovered bodies, 21 were found in Pakyong, 6 in Gangtok, 4 in Mangan, and 2 in Namchi.

This flash flood severely disrupted Sikkim’s major highway, National Highway 10, causing damage to the road surface and bridges across the Teesta River. Ongoing efforts are focused on reopening and widening the stretch between Rangpo and Singtam. Alternative routes to the state capital, Gangtok, are accessible via the East Sikkim district, although roads beyond Mangan in North Sikkim remain cut off.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) reported the successful rescue of 56 people, including 52 men and four women, in North Sikkim’s Chungthang, one of the worst-hit areas. Relief camps have been established throughout the state, providing shelter to a total of 6,705 people.

Regrettably, the flash flood has caused extensive damage to over 1,655 houses and 14 bridges in the four districts of Sikkim, exacerbating the impact of this natural disaster on the affected communities.

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