October 10, 2023Swapnanil Chatterjee

Indian Air Force resumes relief operations in flood-hit Sikkim

The Indian Air Force (IAF) resumed relief operations in flood-stricken Sikkim on October 9, 2023.

Source: Eastern Air Command , IAF

A Chinook Helicopter, carrying National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, search and rescue equipment, vital supplies, fuel, and medicines, reached Sikkim earlier in the day.

Source: Eastern Air Command, IAF

A Glacial Lake Outburst in South Lhonak Lake, North Sikkim, on October 3-4, led to a staggering 50-60 feet surge in the Teesta River's water level, causing widespread destruction downstream.

Source: Trishakti Corps, Indian Army

Preliminary reports suggest 142 individuals missing and over 30 confirmed casualties, though these figures may change due to harsh weather conditions.

Source: Trishakti Corps, Indian Army

The operations of the Indian Army were severely affected, with several camps along the Teesta suffering damage. In Burdang, near Singtam, flash floods submerged 23 soldiers and 39 vehicles.

Source: Eastern Air Command, IAF

Approximately 1500 tourists are stranded in the valleys of North Sikkim. The Indian Army is providing aid, including food, medical assistance, and establishing vital satellite communication.

Source: Eastern Air Command, IAF

With improved weather conditions, IAF evacuated 217 tourists to safer locations within 5 hours. Relief efforts also included transporting five tons of critical supplies for the Army, NDRF, and the Gov

Source: Eastern Air Command, IAF

Helplines have been set up for families affected by this calamity. The combined efforts of the armed forces and relief agencies continue to work to help those impacted.

Source: Eastern Air Command, IAF