3 kutcha houses washed away due to massive landslide in North Sikkim

Mangan, May 26: (IPR) A massive Landslide that occurred on Sunday evening (24th May)around 5 pm at Myong- Kyong, 12th Mile, Bey, Upper Dzongu, North Sikkim washed away 03 kutcha houses wherein the two victims, Shri Chandra Bdr. Tamang, aged 67 years and his wife who were construction workers in the under-construction SPWD bridge. The duo is assumed to be swept away by the slide along with the house as claimed by the neighbours who could flee away in time. The deceased are reported to be Nepal nationals. The RO Dzongu and his team from Subdivisional Administration Dzongu along with the HMLA visited the site on 25th morning.

Further, the two deceased have been recorded as missing as their bodies have not been traced on account of the massive slide which has significantly changed the demography of the place. The search operation could not take place on account of the weather conditions. The SDRF have been requisitioned by the District Police for the search operation today.

11 other houses have suffered damages. All the residents of these houses have been evacuated and shifted to their relative’s houses nearby. The JHS in Lingzya has been identified as the relief camp. The panchayats who were part of the inspection team have been told to ascertain by tomorrow as to whether this relief camp needs to be activated as some of the victims were more comfortable putting up with their relatives. However, the distribution of ration and other essential items for the washed away houses will be arranged by the administration.

The existing suspension footbridge connecting Bey to Sakyong and Pentong villages have been totally washed away thereby cutting off these two villages completely. Urgent requirement of a suspension footbridge is required.

The DE Roads, who was part of the inspection team have been directed to submit a short term plan as soon as possible for the restoration of connectivity at the earliest. A long term plan for a permanent restoration of connectivity has also been sought. Apart from of loss of lives, loss of livestock has also reported. The details of these losses along with the extent of land damage are being put up for payment of ex gratia, as per the prescribed NCRF norms.

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