Continuous rains and landslides in Sikkim leaves 200 tourists marooned

 Friday, October 14, 2022 


Continuous rains and subsequent landslides in Sikkim left 200 tourists marooned, impacting piped water supply in Gangtok.

The incessant rains have damaged NH-10 connecting the rest of India via Siliguri to Gangtok at 19 and 20 mile between Singtam in East district and Rangpo in Pakyong district. It congested a lane of the main highway connecting Sikkim to West Bengal.

The rains are expected to carry on and the met department has issued a red alert in Sikkim. The department has cautioned regarding heavy to very heavy rainfall resulting from an upper air trough extending from East Uttar Pradesh to Arunachal Pradesh across Bihar, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Assam.

Heavy rains were reported in adjacent north Bengal and Bhutan as well.

Gangtok officials said that the water supply in Greater Gangtok has been impacted by a major avalanche at Rateychu which harmed the pipe lines.

Public Health Engineering department officials said that work is in progress for restoring the water supply; however, it might take another two days to complete it. Authorities have issued an advisory to the people of Greater Gangtok to use water sensibly till the repair is finished.

Work is in progress in the area urgently to clear the landslips. However, heavy rains have made the circumstance of the stretch on the highway volatile, with chances of more landslides anytime. Authorities have asked travelers to use substitute ways via Pakyong and central Pendam for reaching the West Bengal border.

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