5 Oct 2023

Sikkim Flash Flood: 14 Confirmed Dead So Far; 23 Army Personnel Among Over 100 Still Missing; 3000 Tourists Stranded

The death toll in Sikkim cloud burst has risen to 14 while 102 others, including 23 army personnel, are still missing after a cloud burst over Lhonak Lake in north Sikkim triggered a flash flood in the Teesta River basin.

All 14 who died were identified as civilians. About 3,000 tourists are reported to be stranded in different parts of Sikkim. 12-14 workers working in the Teesta Stage 3 dam in Chungthang are still stranded in the tunnels of the dam.  

PM speaks to Sikkim CM

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang and took stock of the situation. He has also assured all possible support in this situation.

Modi also prayed for the safety and well-being of all those affected.

The Prime Minister posted on X; “Spoke to Sikkim CM Shri @PSTamangGolay and took stock of the situation in the wake of the unfortunate natural calamity in parts of the state. Assured all possible support in addressing the challenge. I pray for the safety and well-being of all those affected.”

National Crisis Management Committee reviews situation

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), under Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba, met today and reviewed the situation in Sikkim.

The Chief Secretary, Sikkim joined the meeting through video conferencing and apprised the Committee about the latest situation in the state. He also briefed the committee about the efforts of the State government in carrying out relief and rescue measures. 

Home Secretary informed the Committee that the situation is being monitored 24x7 by the Central Government at highest level. Both control rooms of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) are monitoring the situation and all possible help is being extended.

NDRF deploys teams

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has already deployed three teams and additional teams are on standby in Guwahati and Patna. Adequate number of teams and assets of Army and Air Force are being deployed to assist the state in rescue and restoration efforts.

Reviewing relief and rescue measures of the Central Agencies and Government of Sikkim, the Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba emphasized that the evacuation of people stranded in tunnel of Chungthang dam and tourists may be taken up on priority basis. He further observed that additional teams of NDRF should be deployed and connectivity of road, telecom and power must be restored in the shortest possible time.

The Cabinet Secretary assured the Government of Sikkim that all Central agencies are ready and will be available for assistance.

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