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India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the second-most populous country, the seventh-largest country by land area, and the most populous democracy in the world. Wikipedia

Capital: New Delhi Trending

President: Ram Nath Kovind

Population: 1.366 billion (2019) World Bank

Prime minister: Narendra Modi

Gross domestic product: 2.869 trillion USD (2019) World Bank

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In a tragic turn of events, a devastating flash flood struck the picturesque state of Sikkim in northeastern India on October 4, 2023, resulting in casualties and widespread damage. According to the National Emergency Response Centre (NDMI), the flood was primarily caused by the sudden overflow of the Teesta River, inundating several areas across the state.

As of October 5, the death toll has risen to 19, with many others missing and feared trapped. The affected population in Sikkim now stands at a staggering 22,464 people, of whom 2,411 have been displaced from their homes. The impact of the disaster has been felt across six main districts, including Namchi, Soreng, Gangtok, Mangan, Pakyong, and Geyzing. In addition to the loss of human lives, 896 houses have been fully damaged, and multiple vital bridges have been washed away. Furthermore, the Chungthang Dam and a significant portion of a key road infrastructure have been severely affected.

The flood's devastation has not been confined to Sikkim alone, as it spilled over into three districts of the neighboring state of West Bengal. The situation in West Bengal is dire, with more than 2,000 people taking refuge in 26 relief camps, and approximately 10,000 others have been evacuated and are now being accommodated in 190 relief camps spread across nine districts in the southern and northern parts of the state.

Compounding the already grave situation, meteorological forecasts predict that heavy rainfall will continue to lash Sikkim over the next 24 hours. The authorities have issued a red warning for heavy rain, thunderstorms, and lightning for October 6 in Assam and Meghalaya states, highlighting the ongoing vulnerability of the region to further natural disasters.

Rescue and relief efforts are underway in both Sikkim and West Bengal, with local authorities, disaster response teams, and volunteers working tirelessly to provide assistance to those affected by the flood. The government has also announced relief measures and compensation for the victims and their families.

As the region braces for more rain, the priority remains on ensuring the safety and well-being of the affected population and preventing further loss of life and property. The devastating flash flood serves as a stark reminder of the ever-present threat of natural disasters in this vulnerable part of India and the need for robust disaster preparedness and mitigation measures.

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Humanitarian Impact
  22,464
      Affected Persons
                ↳ Updated: 07-Oct-23
  19
        Deaths

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