Floods in Sikkim: 33 bodies recovered, over 60,000 affected. 10 Things We Know So Far


In Sikkim, in the early hours of October 4, a cloudburst over the Lonak Lake in North Sikkim caused flooding, resulting in a flood-like situation in the Teesta River in Lachan Valley, affecting 60,870 people.

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  1. According to the latest reports, 33 dead bodies have been recovered from the debris of the flooded relay in the Teesta River, including 9 army personnel.
  2. According to the authorities, the search is on for more than 105 people who are still missing.
  3. West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district also reported the recovery of 40 bodies from the Teesta river bottom, of which 10 have been identified so far.
  4. Rescue efforts are on, 2,563 people have been rescued from different parts of the state.
  5. The Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA) reported that a total of 105 people are missing, of which 63 are missing in Pakyong district, 20 in Gangtok district, 16 in Mangan and 6 in Namchi.
  6. Search operations are being conducted with the help of special radars, drones and army dogs. 21 bodies have been recovered in Pakyong, 6 in Gangtok, 4 in Mangan and 2 in Namchi.
  7. The floods affected Sikkim’s major highway, National Highway 10, damaging the road surface and bridges over the Teesta River. Efforts are underway to open and widen the belt between Rangpo and Sangtam.
  8. Alternative routes to the state capital Gangtok are accessible through East Sikkim district. However, the roads beyond Mangan in North Sikkim are cut off.
  9. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) reported that 56 people, including 52 men and four women, were rescued in Changthang in North Sikkim, one of the worst-hit areas.
  10. Relief camps have been set up across the state, sheltering a total of 6,705 people.

Also read: Sikkim floods: Death toll rises to 32

The floods have caused extensive damage to 1,655 houses and 14 bridges in four districts of Sikkim.

(with inputs from PTI)

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