Devastating Landslides in Sikkim's Mangan District: One Dead, Five Missing

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Thursday, June 13, 2024
Devastating Landslides in Sikkim's Mangan District: One Dead, Five Missing
Massive Rainfall Triggers Catastrophic Landslides
Mangan, Sikkim – Incessant rainfall triggered massive landslides in Sikkim's Mangan district, resulting in significant devastation. Officials confirmed that at least one person has died and five others are missing.

The landslides have blocked multiple road sections, inundated or damaged several houses, and swept away electricity poles, exacerbating the crisis. The body of one individual was discovered in the Pakshep area, while three people went missing from Ambithang near Rangrang and two from Pakshep.

In Geythang, three houses were damaged, and several homes in Nampathang near Pentok were also affected, with roads in these areas blocked. Additionally, a landslide forced the relocation of the Bringbong police outpost, and the foundation of a bridge at Sankalan sustained damage.

The calamity has also disrupted mobile network services in North Sikkim. The district administration has requested the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to dispatch a team with essential supplies to Mangan.

Mangan District Magistrate Hem Kumar Chettri convened an urgent meeting with department heads to strategize immediate mitigation efforts. An earthmover was deployed near Mangshila Degree College to clear road debris, facilitating relief operations.

Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, currently in Arunachal Pradesh for a swearing-in ceremony, has been in constant communication with the North district administration, police, and other officials to ensure a swift response. In a statement, Tamang assured that "efforts are underway to provide every possible support to the victims and affected families, including recovery assistance, temporary settlements, and the provision of basic needs."

The Chief Minister emphasized the state's commitment to supporting the bereaved and displaced families, pledging comprehensive assistance. He is expected to return to the state soon to oversee the rescue and relief operations personally.