14 killed in Sikkim floods, more than 100 including 22 soldiers missing, ISRO released picture of devastation

Sikkim Floods: So far 14 people have died in the sudden flash flood in North Sikkim, while more than 45 people have been rescued. More than 100 people, including 22 army personnel, are still missing in this sudden flood.

Oct 5, 2023 - 12:37
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14 killed in Sikkim floods, more than 100 including 22 soldiers missing, ISRO released picture of devastation

In Sikkim, on the night of October 3, a cloudburst over Lhonak Lake caused sudden flooding in the Teesta River, in which 14 people have been confirmed dead. Whereas more than 100 people including 22 soldiers are still reported missing. The rescue operation of NDRF and the Army is going on. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has shared two before and after pictures of the devastation in North Sikkim. After seeing these, it becomes clear how the water of Lhonak Lake is drying up.

Giving information, Gangtok SDM Mahendra Chhetri said, "'Five bodies have been recovered from Goliter and Singtam area.' Officials said that 3 of the dead were washed away in North Bengal." Another officer said that army personnel. “More than 80 civilians are still missing, while 45 people have been rescued, including 18 injured.”

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has shared before and after pictures of the disaster through satellite. According to ISRO, on September 17 and 28, the bullet-shaped lake was spread over 162.7 hectares and 167.4 hectares respectively. The photo taken at 6 a.m. on Wednesday shows that the size of the lake has been reduced by more than half. It has lost water spread over an area of more than 100 hectares, now water is present in only 60.3 hectares.

Let us tell you that 23 army personnel had gone missing in the sudden flood in North Sikkim, out of which one has been rescued. And 22 soldiers are still reported missing. Apart from this, some military establishments in the valley have been affected. Giving information on the situation, Wing Commander Himanshu Tiwari, PRO, Defense Ministry, Kolkata, had said on Wednesday, "23 army personnel are missing (now 22) and 41 vehicles are still stuck in the mud. Flash flood in Lachen Valley of Sikkim. After this, relief and rescue efforts are underway."

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer