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GANGTOK, Oct. 5, 2023 (TBINN)

At least 10 people died and 80 others, including 22 Army personnel, went missing after a cloud-burst over Lhonak Lake in North Sikkim triggered a flash-flood in Teesta River Basin, officials said.

All 10 who died have been identified as civilians including three of the dead who were washed up in North Bengal, they said adding that one of the 23 Army men who had gone missing in the morning was rescued, later.

Flood in Sikkim git worse by the release of water from Chungthang Dam, officials said.

Over 3,000 tourists from various parts of the country, were reported to be stranded in different parts of Sikkim, Sikkim’s Chief Secretary V.B. Pathak said.

Several workers employed with Teesta Stage III Dam in Chungthang were also stranded in tunnels of dam, V.B. Pathak added.

Sikkim’s Chief Secretary further said that the road infrastructure has suffered extensive damage due to flooding as 14 bridges have collapsed with nine of them being under Border Roads Organization (B.R.O.) and five others belonging to the state government.

Scores of people missing and injured have been reported from Chungthang in Mangan District and Dikchu, Singtam in Gangtok District and Rangpo in Pakyong District, V.B. Pathak disclosed.

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