Six Lives Lost And 1,500 Tourists Stranded As Landslides And Heavy Rain Wreak Havoc In Sikkim

The collapse of the newly-built Bailey bridge at Sangkalang has severed vital connections between Mangan, Dzongu, and Chungthang with North Sikkim being completely isolated due to the landslides on National Highway 10
The calamity has left over 1,500 tourists stranded in Lachung and Chungthang
The calamity has left over 1,500 tourists stranded in Lachung and ChungthangiStock

In a tragic turn of events, Sikkim's picturesque landscapes have been marred by devastation as incessant rainfall triggered massive landslides, claiming at least six lives and leaving five individuals missing. The calamity has left over 1,500 tourists stranded in the serene locales of Lachung and Chungthang, cut off from the outside world by impassable roads and collapsed infrastructure.

The collapse of the newly-built Bailey bridge at Sangkalang has severed vital connections between Mangan, Dzongu, and Chungthang, isolating these towns known for their natural splendour and popular tourist attractions like Gurudongmar Lake and Yunthang Valley.

As the situation unfolds, officials are grappling with the aftermath, with houses inundated, roads blocked, and critical infrastructure damaged. Mangan District Magistrate Hem Kumar Chettri has taken swift action, convening urgent meetings and setting up relief camps to aid the affected communities.

People are grappling with the aftermath, with houses inundated and roads blocked
People are grappling with the aftermath, with houses inundated and roads blockediStock

However, challenges persist, with disrupted communication networks hindering rescue efforts. Despite these obstacles, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang has directed a coordinated response from authorities to ensure a swift and effective response to the crisis.

As the state government assesses the extent of the damage and casualties, memories of past tragedies loom large. Last October, a glacial lake outburst flood in North Sikkim claimed over 100 lives, underscoring the vulnerability of the region to natural disasters.

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