Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Sikkim Landslides: 9 Killed, Over 1,200 Tourists Rescued; Schools Shut – N.F Times

Gangtok: As the rescue operations continued for the second day in Sikkim on Tuesday, the state government evacuated 1,225 tourists from Lachung and nearby areas in the Mangan district. These areas were struck by landslides and heavy rain last week, resulting in the deaths of several people.

On Monday, the administration rescued 64 tourists and brought them safely to Mangan, the district headquarters.

The remaining tourists, estimated to be a few hundred, will be evacuated on Wednesday if the weather allows.

Six helicopters are ready at Bagdogra airport in West Bengal for this operation, Additional District Magistrate Vishnu Lama said.

Soldiers from the Trishakti Corps of the Indian Army, along with the local government authorities, rescued stranded tourists in North Sikkim on Wednesday, the army reported.

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