23 Indian Soldiers are Missing due to Flash Flood in Sikkim

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23 Indian soldiers are missing due to flash flood in Sikkim

23 Indian soldiers are missing due to flash flood in Sikkim

According to reports, up to 23 army jawans have gone missing when a flash flood occurred in the Teesta River Lachen Valley due to a rapid cloud burst above Lhonak Lake in North Sikkim.

The incident was reported on X by the Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO) Guwahati, who stated, “23 army personnel have been reported missing due to a flash flood that occurred in the Teesta River in Lachen Valley after a sudden cloud burst over Lhonak Lake in North Sikkim.”

The Gangtok District Administration stated regarding the outburst, “The flash flood made its way through River Teesta, sweeping Indreni Bridge in Singtam town, some 30 kilometres from Gangtok.” Around 4 a.m., a connecting bridge of the Balutar hamlet was also swept away.”

During the early hours of Wednesday morning, a cloud burst caused relentless monsoon rainfall at South Lhonark lake in North West Sikkim.

According to the Mangan District Administration, the Teesta Stage 3 Dam is located in Chungthang town, some 90 kilometres north of Gangtok. Local residents in the neighbourhood have been evacuated due to the high level of alert.

“Similarly, following a high alert, the Teesta Stage 5 dam at Dikchu in Mangan district was opened for water disbursement.” “It has been reported that the dam’s control room has been severely damaged,” they said.

Many homes in Gangtok’s Singtam district have been evacuated near the Teesta River. Officials have also erected temporary relief facilities at the town’s Singtam Senior Secondary School.

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