Heavy torrential rains were witnessed across Sikkim on 16 Jun 2023. As a result of this, approximately 3500 tourists were stranded due to the landslides and washing away of a bridge near Chungthang in North Sikkim.
Troops of Striking Lion Division Trishakti Corps, Indian Army and personnel of Border Roads Organisation swung into action and worked overnight in heavy rains and inclement weather to create a temporary crossing over the flash flood area to facilitate rescue of tourists. The tourists were extended help to cross over the river and were provided with hot meals, tentage and medical support.
Over 2000 tourists have crossed over the temporary bridge and balance are being taken care of at Chungthang area till 1500h on 17 June 23. Efforts are on to restore the road connectivity, while the evacuation of tourists would continue. Tents are being set up and mdical aid posts have been set up. The tourists will be provided with all assistance until the route is cleared for their further journey.
Indian Army, while guarding the border in Super High-Altitude areas of the Himalayas, remains proactive in providing assistance to tourists and local population.
Source: Striking Lion Division,TriShakti Corps, Indian Army
Report- Pratyusha Mukherjee