Gangtok, Sep 1 (PTI) Due to heavy rains in Sikkim, several roads were blocked due to landslides at some places. Officials said on Thursday that the government has asked people to leave their homes only when absolutely necessary.
A massive landslide occurred in the ‘Twentieth Mile’ area between Singtam and Rangpo in East Sikkim, blocking National Highway-20 and cutting off the area’s connectivity with Gangtok. The main highway connecting the capital of Sikkim to Siliguri in West Bengal has been blocked for the second time this week due to a landslide in the same area.
Vehicles got stuck on both sides of the landslide site and the alternate route from Pakyog and Pandam Ke side was also blocked due to landslides at many places.
Officials in East Sikkim district said that it may take some time to clear the debris from the area as heavy rains are not only making it difficult, but rocks are also falling on the road.
In Pakyong and West Sikkim too, traffic on roads was disrupted due to landslides at many places.
The Roads and Bridges Department has issued an advisory asking people not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary, as the incessant rains have posed a risk of landslides. Several roads have been damaged across the state and the department is trying to restore road connectivity at the earliest.
Meanwhile, a defense release said that the Indian Army has rescued 74 people stranded in Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim. These people also include women and children. It said that no one died in this incident.
Troops of Trishakti Corps on Wednesday rescued them after receiving information about tourists stranded due to a massive landslide 19 km from Yumthang Valley, the release said.
It said eight vehicles of tourists were stuck due to the landslide. Stranded tourists were rescued safely and food and medicines were provided to them.
Bhasha Prashant Madhav