Rain and landslide: 100 stranded tourists airlifted in North Sikkim

Rain and landslide: 100 stranded tourists airlifted in North Sikkim

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New Delhi/Sukna, Sep 16: As the landslide and heavy rain left cut off several places in Sikkim, Indian Army in collaboration with local administration have helped to airlift 100 tourists who stranded in rain-hit areas of Lachung, Chatten and Chungthang in North Sikkim. Incessant rain for the past few days has triggered multiple landslides in Sikkim and Darjeeling, snapping road connectivity at several places, especially in north Sikkim.

All the evacuated persons have been kept at Gangtok and Sevok camp and are under treatment. “On requisition for aid by civil administration, Army immediately pressed for helicopters of Army aviation, for a swift evacuation of stranded tourists for last three days requiring urgent assistance,” Indian Army spokesperson Col Aman Anand said. The Border Roads Organisation has arranged for small cars to pass through the two areas but large vehicles have been barred.

The road link between Mangan and Chungthang has also been snapped after a bridge was washed off at Rafong Khola.

Siliguri-based Trishakti Corps of Indian Army is commencing the evacuation operations. The troops have been deployed as the areas of North Sikkim got cut off at several places due to incessant rain resulting into multiple landslides and road and bridges getting washed away since last two days.

Later, an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter was also pressed in for airlift operation. A pregnant lady and her husband were also evacuated from Mangan, Col Anand added. In addition, medical aid was also provided to people having medical problems before air lifting.

In anticipations of the situation, the Indian Army has also made necessary arrangements of tents, blankets and food for the stranded tourists. The evacuation operation will continue till all stranded personnel are moved out from the affected area, the spokesperson added. (With input from UNI)