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Sikkim flash flood: 34 dead, IAF starts rescue tourists who are trapped

<p>Officials said on Monday that 34 dead, including those of 10 army jawans, had been pulled out of the Teesta River’s mud and debris as a result of the devastating flash flood that also left over 105 others remained unaccounted for.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-225489″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-sikkim-flash-flood-34-dead-iaf-starts-rescue-tourists-who-are-trapped-images-2023-.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com sikkim flash flood 34 dead iaf starts rescue tourists who are trapped images 2023″ width=”1159″ height=”713″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-sikkim-flash-flood-34-dead-iaf-starts-rescue-tourists-who-are-trapped-images-2023-.jpg 286w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-sikkim-flash-flood-34-dead-iaf-starts-rescue-tourists-who-are-trapped-images-2023–150×92.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1159px) 100vw, 1159px” title=”Sikkim flash flood: 34 dead, IAF starts rescue tourists who are trapped 3″></p>
<p>The first group of trapped tourists was airlifted from Lachen to Mangan in North Sikkim by the Indian Air Force, which has begun rescue and relief operations in the Himalayan state.</p>
<p>In order to coordinate relief and rescue efforts with the armed forces, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang met with Chief Secretary VB Pathak, Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande, who has arrived in Gangtok.</p>
<p>The Jalpaiguri district government in neighboring northern West Bengal stated that 40 corpses had also been recovered from downstream Teesta in addition to the 34 deaths recorded in Sikkim. Officials cautioned, however, that there could be some overlap in the death tolls given by the two states.</p>
<p>With 22, including 10 soldiers, Pakyong district in Sikkim recorded the most deaths, followed by Gangtok with six, Mangan with four, and Namchi with two.</p>
<p>Six days after a cloudburst over Lhonak lake in Mangan district triggered an increase in the Teesta river, flooding many towns on the river basin spanning four districts in the Himalayan state, 105 people are still unaccounted for.</p>
<p>According to a statement from the Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, 63 of the missing persons are from Pakyong, 20 are from Gangtok, 16 are from Mangan, and six are from Namchi.</p>
<p>Up to 3,432 kuccha and pucca homes have suffered damage. 5,327 persons in total have been saved and evacuated. The state’s transportation network has been hampered by the total of 14 bridges that have either been washed away or flooded.</p>
<p>6,505 individuals who were made homeless as a result of the flash flood are being housed in 26 relief camps spread across four districts. There were 85,870 persons impacted by the flash flood.</p>
<p>The continuing relief and rescue efforts were discussed during a high-level meeting that CM Tamang called at his official house with Chief Secretary VB Pathak, Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande, and other officials.</p>
<p>According to an official, the purpose of the conference was to guarantee that trapped individuals were quickly rescued while coordinating efforts with the military.</p>
<p>According to a defense official, the Indian Air Force has begun disaster relief and humanitarian assistance operations in Sikkim and has flown a chopper to rescue the first group of trapped tourists from Lachen to Mangan.</p>
<p>It also delivered vital supplies and emergency personnel to Lachen.</p>
<p>Although the precise number of tourists saved in the first batch is not yet known, the MI-17 helicopter that was employed in the rescue mission has a capability to carry 25 to 30 passengers.</p>
<p>On Air Force Day, “the IAF began its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations for the flood victims of Sikkim,” the defense official said.</p>
<p>Using Chinook and MI 17 V5 helicopters, the air force has begun delivering Garud commandos, communication equipment, fuel, medications, and search and rescue equipment to the state as of Sunday, he added.</p>
<p>The source said that the IAF is completely prepared to assist the victims of the catastrophic floods that left the tiny Himalayan state in shambles and that the Eastern Air Command is coordinating HADR operations.</p>
<p>The defence source stated, “The helicopters are kept ready to move the stranded tourists and locals to safer locations as soon as the weather conditions improve.”</p>
<p>Over the following five days, the Met Department said that there will be mild to moderate rain in several locations, along with thunderstorms and lightning in sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.</p>
<p>The Jalpaiguri district government in West Bengal has reported that 40 dead have been found so far from the Teesta River’s downstream. According to officials, 10 corpses have been identified so far.</p>
<p>The precise death toll will be known in the next days after compiling the information, according to authorities, since victims are still being discovered in both states among the slush and debris left behind by Teesta.</p>
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