Gangtok, Oct 04: In a swift response to the devastating flash floods triggered by a glacial lake outburst in Sikkim, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang to assess the situation and offer unwavering support.
The flash flood, which occurred in the Teesta River, has left a trail of destruction and uncertainty, with missing army personnel and submerged vehicles adding to the grim scenario.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wasted no time in extending his support to the affected region. He spoke directly to Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Wednesday, expressing his concern and promising all possible assistance in addressing the ongoing challenge.
In a tweet, PM Modi stated, “Spoke to Sikkim CM Shri @PSTamangGolay and took stock of the situation in the wake of the unfortunate natural calamity in parts of the state. Assured all possible support in addressing the challenge. I pray for the safety and well-being of all those affected.
The flash floods, resulting from a glacial lake outburst in north Sikkim, have had severe consequences. So far, five lifeless bodies have been recovered, and there are grave concerns about the missing army personnel and submerged vehicles.
The Central Water Commission (CWC) reported that the glacial lake outburst occurred at Lhonak Lake in north Sikkim. The sudden release of water from the lake triggered a torrent of water and slush that inundated the region, causing widespread devastation.
The flash floods have left several people unaccounted for, raising concerns about their safety and well-being. Although the exact number of missing individuals is yet to be confirmed, initial reports suggest that at least 30 people are missing as a result of this natural disaster.
Prabhakar Rai, the director of the Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, emphasized the ongoing efforts to gather accurate information about the missing persons. As of now, seven individuals have been confirmed as missing, but this number may change as the situation unfolds and more information becomes available.
In the face of this tragedy, authorities have launched intensive search and rescue operations to locate the missing army personnel and provide assistance to those affected by the flash floods. The government, military, and disaster management agencies are working in close coordination to manage the situation and minimize further loss of life.
The incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of regions with glacial lakes, especially in the Himalayan region, where climate change has accelerated glacial melting and increased the risk of glacial lake outbursts. It highlights the need for proactive measures, early warning systems, and preparedness to mitigate the impact of such natural disasters in the future.
As rescue and relief efforts continue, the people of Sikkim remain hopeful that the missing individuals will be found safe, and that the region can begin its journey towards recovery and rehabilitation with the support and assistance of the central and state governments.