The Indian Army’s Trishakti Corps troops have launched an operation aimed at restoring surface travel links in North Sikkim.
As reported by ANI, this initiative is part of their extensive efforts to address the considerable disruptions caused by recent flash floods, which resulted in damage to footbridges, roads, and various infrastructure in the region.
The Trishakti Corps troops are receiving assistance from multiple entities, including the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and residents of the affected areas. Together, they are collaborating to restore connectivity to isolated villages in the region.
“In an effort to reconnect North Sikkim, troops of Trishakti Corps Indian Army along with BRO, ITBP & locals of the area are undertaking extensive operations to restore connectivity. New footbridges are being laid and restoration work is underway to reconnect Sikkim,” Trishakti Corps said in a post on X.
The focus of the operations is towards restoring connectivity to North Sikkim through Chungthang, which was the worst affected during the devastating flood that occurred after the landslides, the Indian Army said earlier.
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Indian Army troops have initiated an operation across challenging terrain to reach the secluded village of Rabom, located in the northwest of Chungthang. They are currently engaged in the rescue of approximately 150-200 civilians in this area.
Over the course of the past five days, a multifaceted approach has been implemented to address the situation. These efforts encompass ensuring the sustenance of all isolated locations where troops are stationed, extending assistance to areas that are cut off and lack a troop presence, restoring communication and connectivity to disconnected regions for immediate relief, conducting assessments of the damage incurred, and strategizing for long-term reconstruction work.
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An immediate account has been taken of all tourists and local residents in the regions of Chaten, Lachen, Lachung, and Thangu in North Sikkim. A comprehensive list of 2000 tourists, including 63 foreign nationals, has been compiled, and support is being extended in the form of food, medical care, lodging, and telephone access.
Additionally, a dedicated helpline has been set up to facilitate communication with the relatives of all the tourists, providing updates on their well-being and safety.