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Sikkim floods LIVE updates: The death toll due to flash floods in Sikkim mounted to 19 on Friday and may increase as 103 people, including 22 army personnel remained missing. The state government said on Thursday that the rescue operations were underway but the process was slowed down due to bad weather and damaged infrastructure.

Trucks buried in mud are seen in an area affected by flood in Sikkim in this undated handout image released by the Indian Army on October 5, 2023.
Trucks buried in mud are seen in an area affected by flood in Sikkim in this undated handout image released by the Indian Army on October 5, 2023.(via REUTERS)

More than 22,000 people have been affected by the calamity, triggered by heavy rain over Lhonak Lake in North Sikkim in the early hours of Wednesday. Approximately 3,000 tourists, including foreigners, are stranded in various parts of Sikkim, and NH-10, the key road connecting the state to the rest of India, has also suffered damage. As per the official data, 2,011 people have been rescued so far, while those affected have been moved to 26 relief camps in the state.

Helpline numbers issued

Sikkim government helpline numbers are 03592-202892 – Landline; 03592-221152 – Landline; 8001763383 – Mobile; 03592-202042 – Fax; or call ‘112’ for emergency assistance.

The Indian Army’s three helplines for families of missing people in Sikkim including its own soldiers: In North Sikkim – dial 8750887741; for East Sikkim – 8756991895; helpline number for enquiries related to the 22 missing soldiers – 7588302011.

Follow all the updates here:

  • Oct 06, 2023 08:57 AM IST

    Sikkim floods: Choppers expected to evacuate stranded people, drop relief material

    Sikkim floods LIVE updates: Three Mi-17 helicopters were expected to fly to Sikkim’s flood-hit areas on Friday to evacuate stranded people and to drop relief materials even as low stratus clouds, fog and rain in the higher altitudes continued to be a challenge. “We are waiting for the weather to clear up,” an official said.

    • The Indian Air Force and the Army choppers were unable to fly on Thursday due to bad weather.
    • Officials said airlifting stranded people particularly those old and infirm and in need of immediate medical assistance will be the priority.

  • Oct 06, 2023 07:55 AM IST

    Sikkim flash flood latest updates: Toll rises to 19, over 100 missing; rescue work on

    Sikkim flood LIVE updates: At least 19 people, including four soldiers, have been killed and more than 100 are still missing in the Sikkim flash floods even as Indian Army and NDRF teams continue their search and rescue operations through slushy earth and fast-flowing water in the Teesta river basin and downstream north Bengal for the second day. The 26 injured people are also undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Sikkim.

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