At present, 17 people, who were injured in the blasts, are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Kochi. Eight of them are in ICU with one in critical condition.
At least 26 people have died in the flash floods in Sikkim according to State Disaster Management Authority, while 142 people are still missing.
According to the report from the Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA) as of midnight on October 6, the death toll stood at 26. It further disclosed that 2,413 people have been successfully rescued, however the floods have caused damage to 1,203 houses.
The glacial-fed Lhonak Lake in north Sikkim triggered a flash flood in Teesta river basin on October 4.
The disaster inflicted severe damage, with 1,173 houses suffering extensive harm, 26 people sustaining injuries, and 13 bridges being washed away. 6,875 individuals are currently residing in 22 relief camps, while 25,065 people have been affected by the floods, as reported by the Sikkim Disaster Management Authority.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang presided over a high-level meeting attended by various officials, including Lt. Gen. Raghu Srinivasan, Director General of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), and VB Pathak, Chief Secretary of the Government of Sikkim. The CM announced that the state government, in collaboration with Sikkim Urja Limited, has devised a special financial relief package to aid the disaster-affected areas.
“We have allocated a relief package of Rs 25 crore for Mangan District and Rs 15 crore each for the districts of Gangtok, Pakyong and Namchi. This allocation is in addition to the relief aid provided by both the state and the central government,” he said in the statement that has been posted on Facebook.
The Sikkim Government, he said will offer subsidies to those who transport essential commodities, vegetables, and other food items to our state. This measure aims to ensure that the additional expenses incurred due to longer travel routes do not inflate the selling prices for local residents.
CM Tamang has warned against stockpiling and overcharging of goods. “Those found in violation of these regulations will face the permanent revocation of their licenses,” the chief minister said.
The chief minister said that his government is committed to exploring all possible avenues to restore road and network connectivity in the severely affected regions of Mangan District, which are currently completely cut off from the rest of the state.
He said that priority was given to open the road connectivity up to Chungthang, while the road from Naga to Toong will be constructed subject to the availability of land as soon as possible.
He stated that in the face of the calamity that has ravaged several parts of the State while disrupting normal life, numerous officers, personnel from the National Disaster Management Authority and the Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA) and dedicated volunteers are tirelessly engaged in rescue and relief operations.
As per ITBP, the people evacuated safely, were totally cut off for last three days because of the deluge caused by a glacial lake outburst.
Taking to social media platform, X, ITBP said, “In the recent flash flood, 68 persons were stranded at the height of 16000 feet, totally cut off for the last 3 days in North Sikkim. #Himveers of ITBP rescue team, launched a massive rescue operation and evacuated all the 68 persons safely.”
According to Sikkim Chief secretary, as many as 3,000 people including tourists, drivers and motorcyclists have been stranded in Lachen and Lachung areas.
Due to the glacial lake outburst flood and flash floods, there was a sudden surge in flows in the Teesta River, which washed away several bridges, parts of NH-10, the Chungthang Dam and has impacted several small towns and several infrastructure projects in the upper reaches of the river valley in Sikkim.
The Sikkim government has set up 18 relief camps in Singtam, Rangpo, Dikchu and Adarsh Gaon which have faced most of the damages. However, due to a lack of connectivity with Chungthang, the relief camps there are being set up by the Indian Army and other paramilitaries.
(With Inputs from ANI)