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Landslides in Sikkim: 9 dead, 1,200 tourists rescued as schools close | Top Updates | Nation

Landslides in Sikkim: 9 dead, 1,200 tourists rescued as schools close |  Top Updates |  Nation

Landslides have killed at least nine people in northern and southern Sikkim since June 13.


PTC News Desk: On Tuesday, as rescue efforts in Sikkim continued for the second day, 1,225 tourists were evacuated by the state administration from Lachung and surrounding areas in Mangan district. Scores of people lost their lives at these places last week due to landslides and heavy rain, an official informed news agency PTI said.

“We transported 1,225 tourists by road to Mangan town today after evacuating 1,225 tourists from Lachung and surrounding areas,” Lama said.

On Monday, 64 tourists were rescued by the government and taken safely to Mangan, the district center.

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The most recent updates are as follows:

  1. Weather permitting, the few hundred visitors who remain will be evacuated on Wednesday.
  2. Additional District Magistrate Vishnu Lama told PTI that six helicopters have been prepared for this operation at Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal.
  3. On Wednesday, stranded tourists in North Sikkim were rescued by Indian Army soldiers of the Trishakti Corps in collaboration with local government officials, the army said.
  4. Where routes are still available, travelers are being evacuated on foot or using vehicles due to the landslides. On June 18, 2024, Indian Army signallers helped BSNL and Airtel restore mobile coverage while weathering difficult weather conditions and topography. According to an Army statement quoted by ANI, “The Indian Army has installed more than half a dozen phone booths since June 12 to connect locals and tourists with their family members.”
  5. The stranded visitors are personally escorted by District Magistrate Hem Kumar Chettri. According to PTI, officers of BRO, NDRF, SDRF, local panchayats, volunteers and other top civil and police authorities are working together to rescue the stranded tourists. Superintendent of Police (SP) Sonam Detchu Bhutia is leading the effort.
  6. Fearing for the safety of the students, the Mangan district administration closed all government schools on Tuesday. Property damage and blocked roads in the district’s many clusters prompted the decision to take this action. Government schools in Manul, Singhik, Mangan, Mangshilla, Lingdong, Hee Gyathang, Passingdong, Lingzya, Tingvong and Gor clusters should remain closed until further notice, as per Chettri’s directive.
  7. In several places the roads were completely washed away. According to officials, to get to the district headquarters in Mangan, the confined visitors had to trek to three or four locations and then board vehicles.
  8. At least nine people have been killed due to landslides in North and South Sikkim since June 13. Along with the rising Teesta River, the landslides have destroyed roads and bridges, damaged several houses and disrupted communications and electricity lines.
  9. While traveling from Mangan, a famous tourist area, to Gangtok, the rescued people used cars given to them by the Motor Vehicle Division of the Transport Department. The ADM claims they then continued to their destination.

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