Sikkim Snowfall: In March, Army and Border Police officials rescued over 1,400 tourists who had become stranded in Sikkim due to heavy snowfall. Every year, Sikkim receives heavy winter snowfall, but this year’s pattern has been unusual, with the state receiving late, but concentrated snowfall.
The Trishakti corp and Border Roads Organisation launched a massive joint snow clearing operation amid inhospitable weather conditions to clear the heavy snow in order to keep strategic roads and communication lines open and allow locals, military personnel, and tourists to move freely.
Braving extreme conditions and snow blizzards, #TrishaktiCorps Sappers &#BRO keep the roads to border areas of #Sikkim open, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity for the tourists & residents of border areas.@adgpi @easterncomd @BROindia pic.twitter.com/aV82Y9GURQ
— Trishakticorps_IA (@trishakticorps) March 25, 2023
After a massive landslip hit Sikkim’s Sokpay village on March 26, more than 20 houses were damaged, and the road connecting Mangan to Gangtok was wiped out.
No human casualties have been reported from the site, according to sources. Rescue efforts are underway at the site of the landslip, which occurred earlier today.
Fortunately, the first minor slide occurred around 2 p.m., alerting the residents, who then evacuated their home to seek safety elsewhere.
The reported slide has resulted in extensive property and livestock damage. Two houses have been completely destroyed. Furthermore, agricultural land belonging to more than 18 families, as well as standing crops, have been severely damaged.
Following the news, Zilla Adhyaksha East, Balaram Adhikari, BDO Tintek, representatives from the department of roads and bridges, panchayat and zilla officials, Dikchu OP police officers, and officials went to the scene to assess the damage.
A major landslip occurred at Sokpay on the Dikchu-Rakdong road early this morning. Thankfully, no human casualties have been reported. However, several public properties are said to have been damaged, which can be scaled in a single day. Livestock losses have been reported.