Fresh landslides reported in four districts of Sikkim, major roads damaged


GANGTOK | SEPT 11, 2020:

Incessant rain in Sikkim for the past few days has triggered major landslides in various parts of the Himalayan state.

With roads being the only viable mode of transportation, many villages are at risk of being cut off from the rest of the state.

According to latest reports, Singtam to Sirwani road in East Sikkim is blocked at Sirwani Sliding area due to a major landslide.

Other landslides have been reported in many areas of East Sikkim blocking the Rhenock to Aritar road at Tirteray Dhara and the Rorathang to Rongli road at Lower Sudunglakha.

In Sikkim's remote North District, the Mangan to Gangtok state highway via Rakdung-Tintek road has been cleared only for light vehicles as the debris is yet to be fully cleared after a fresh landslide.

South Sikkim also witnessed major landslides blocking the Namchi to Jorethang road at 12th mile. The authorities have diverted the road towards Assangthang Salghari.

Another state highway – Jorethang to Melli road is blocked at Charcharey, near Rolu while the Hingdam to Legship road has been cleared for only light vehicles. The Kewzing to Shakbari road is also blocked at Timgmoo.

A fresh landslide has blocked Bermiok to Namchi road via Phongla at Vedghari. Yangang to Lingmoo road is also blocked at Mangzing.

Mangley to Singtam road is also blocked at Shipchu bridge while Temi to Singtam road is blocked at Sirwani.

The situation is similar in West Sikkim with Reshi to Nayabazar road being blocked at Kaijaley and Nagdhara.