41,870 people living in 86 areas of four districts were affected by the floods
So far 2,563 people have been evacuated safely
Updated: Oct 8th, 2023
Sikkim flash floods : After the cloud burst in Sikkim (Sikkim Cloudburst), there was a sudden flood in the Teesta River which caused havoc. The death toll has increased to 65 due to this terrible flood.
41,870 people in four districts were affected by the floods
The Sikkim State Disaster Control Room (SSDMA) and Jalpaiguri police said 30 bodies were recovered from Sikkim and 35 from Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. Apart from this, 81 people are still missing and 26 people are seriously injured, who are undergoing treatment in various hospitals. According to the Sikkim State Disaster Control Room (SSDMA), the death toll in Sikkim has risen to 30 after four more bodies were found in Sikkim yesterday. Search operation is going on now. 41,870 people living in 86 areas of four districts have been affected by the floods. 1,507 houses have been damaged in this flood. So far 2,563 people have been evacuated safely. Apart from this, a total of 13 bridges have collapsed in the flood.
How did the state’s biggest dam get washed away?
If you look at the scenes of the destruction of Teesta 3, the largest dam in Sikkim, you will find that the failure of the flood monitoring system is also responsible for this disaster. A video of the horrific flood shows how the Teesta 3 dam, which is 60 feet high, is washed away. The dam had a capacity to generate 1200 MW of electricity and was the largest dam in the state. The construction of this dam started in 2008 and was completed in 2017. 14000 crore was spent on it.
The state government blamed former CM Pawan Chamling’s government
However, the former state government is being blamed for the collapse of the Chungthang Dam in Sikkim South Lhonak Lake burst due to severe floods. CM Prem Singh Tamang said that the failure of the Chungthang Dam was due to shoddy construction by the previous state government. The CM of Sikkim blamed the absurd construction work of former CM Pawan Kumar Chamling’s Sikkim Democratic Front government for the tragedy. It is worth mentioning that Pawan Chamling was in power in Sikkim for more than 24 years.