The Teesta River in Sikkim has caused flooding, affecting the rest of India’s connectivity to the state’s capital, Gangtok. The river’s overflow was caused by a cloudburst over Lhonak Lake in North Sikkim, causing the river’s water level to rise to dangerous levels. 23 Army personnel who went missing are currently under search.
At 6 a.m., the river’s flow was below the warning level, but in six hours, it was due to rise above it. The Gangtok District Administration reported that the Indreni Bridge in Singtam town and the Balutar hamlet’s connecting bridge washed away. Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang announced that no one was hurt, but property was damaged, and some people appear missing.
After a cloudburst, flash floods occur in Sikkim
“Light to standard precipitation will continue to fall over Sikkim over the next 3-4 days,” the weather office tweeted.
The Teesta River’s surge sweeping away parts of NH-10
As a result of the Teesta River’s overflow washing away portions of NH-10, which links Sikkim to the rest of the nation, connectivity to the state’s capital, Gangtok, remains impacted as of Wednesday. A cloudburst that caused an emergency flood in the northeastern state caused the river’s water level to rise to dangerous levels.
The Teesta River experienced flooding
The river that flows through Sikkim and West Bengal experienced flooding because of the cloudburst over Lhonak Lake in North Sikkim. 23 Army personnel who went missing after the flash floods are the subject of an extensive search.
The Teesta was flowing below the warning level at 6 a.m.
Locals captured footage of a significant portion of a road destroyed by the roaring river waters. According to the Central Water Commission, the Teesta was flowing below the warning level at 6 a.m. on Wednesday and was going to rise above it in six hours.
The Gangtok District Administration remark
“The flash flood swept the Indreni Bridge in Singtam town, about 30 kilometers from Gangtok, as it moved through the River Teesta. Around 4 a.m., the Balutar hamlet’s connecting bridge also got washed away,” according to the Gangtok District Administration, which spoke to news agency ANI. In Singtam, many residences close to the river basin get shifted to makeshift relief camps.
Chungthang town’s locals also got rescued
The people from Chungthang town, located close to the Teesta Dam and about 90 kilometers north of Gangtok, also got saved. According to the defense ministry, two bridges connecting Singtam and Chungthang in North Sikkim suffered damage in the towns of Dikchu and Toong. Locals are getting saved by the Border Road Organisation (BRO).
We are all aware of the recent natural calamity that has struck our state. Emergency services have been mobilized to the affected areas, and I personally visited Singtam to assess the damages and engage with the local community.
I humbly urge all our citizens to remain vigilant… pic.twitter.com/KHyylID2pR
— Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) (@PSTamangGolay) October 4, 2023
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang’s statement
“No one got hurt, but there is serious property damage to the public domain. Additionally, some people got listed as missing. Relief efforts are ongoing,” Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang announced during his visit to Singtam.
The weather office tweeted, “Light to average rainfall will fall over the coming 3-4 days over Sikkim.”