Devastating flash floods kill 33 people in Sikkim, India

Devastating flash floods kill at least 33 people in Sikkim, India

At least 33 people have been killed and over a million people displaced in landslides and floods caused by the incessant rains in India’s north-eastern states of Sikkim and Assam (Himalaya). Rescue operators found 21 bodies in the Sikkim district including personnel from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). Eight persons are still missing. Houses along Lachen river between Rangma and Chungthang were washed away in flash floods along Lachen river.

Although this video is in hindu, you can clearly feel the dramatic situation affecting these himalayan districts of India.

The state of alert has been declared by the government along the establishments on the river banks right from Lachen, Lachung, Chungthang, Mangan, Dikchu, Singtam and Rangpo. Although the army and IAF personnel were rapidely deployed for the rescue operations, landslides destroyed the main access road thus delaying rescue works. The Indian Air force is sent to rescue people in isolated areas with supplies and generators (electricity).

In Assam, thousands of rain-affected families found shelter in camps or roadside tends. The Kaziranga National Park, which is home to endangered species like the one-horned rhinoceroses, was also flooded.

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