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Sikkim accident: Death toll in flood reaches 32, 122 still missing, more than 41 thousand people affected

Pankaj Prasad
Sikkim Flood
Sikkim Flood

Bodies of 32 people, including nine army personnel, have been recovered from the debris of the flash flood in Teesta river in Sikkim.

Bodies of 32 people, including nine army personnel, have been recovered from the debris of the flash flood in Teesta river in Sikkim, while the search operation is still going on to find more than 100 missing people. Officials gave this information on Sunday.

According to Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA), the flash flood caused by a cloudburst in the early hours of Wednesday has affected 41,870 people. So far 2563 people have been evacuated to safe places from different parts of the state. Not only this, most of the areas of Sikkim have lost contact with other states.

SSDMA said that the search for 122 missing people is still going on. 78 people are missing in Sikkim's Pakyong district, 23 in Gangtok district, 15 in Mangan and six in Namchi. Officials said that special radar, drones and military dogs have been deployed in the search operation. He said that so far 21 bodies have been recovered in Pakyong, six in Gangtok, four in Mangan and one in Namchi.

According to officials, traffic on National Highway 10, considered the lifeline of Sikkim, is closed due to cracks in the roads and damage to several bridges on the Teesta river. He said that the process of opening and widening the section between Rangpo and Singtam is going on.