Army airlifts stranded people out of Chungthang


Mangan, 16 Sept:

A total of 75 stranded patients (two of them critical), tourists, local civilians and army personnel were airlifted today from Chungthang by an army helicopter ferry. Chungthang and beyond, it may be recalled has been cut off by a slew of landslides along North Sikkim Highway.

The initiative, in this time of emergency, has been coordinated by North District Administration and Chungthang Sub-Divisional administration, police, Air Force, Army (Colonel Sabrinath and Lt. Colonel Jaspreet ) and the ITBPF.

The 112 Mountain Brigade of the Indian Army posted in North Sikkim and the Air-Force carried out the helicopter services for stranded tourists and local public.

Five helicopters did several sorties from 6.30 am in the morning. An Advanced light Helicopter (ALH) , two Cheetah helicopters, two MI7 helicpoters were pressed into service. The sorties were coordinated by SDM Chungthang and CDPO Chungthang.

All the 30 tourists who were stranded were evacuated from North Sikkim.

Also today, seven locals, including a pregnant woman and a child, were flown to Chungthang from Mangan.

The helicopters remain the only access to Chungthang, Lachung and Lachen as the Chungthang Sub division has been cut off by several landslides owing to incessant rain of the last few days.

With the weather holding steady today, the district administration carried out the task of restoration of essential services in the district. The Energy and Power Department has finished the task of restoration of the damaged electricity connections in the district. The Engineers and Field staff of the department restored the supply in record time, an official communiqué informs.

Water supply to most parts of Mangan has been restored by the PHE Department and the department aims to finish the restoration by tomorrow after spare parts arrive from Siliguri.

The Quick Response Team and Forest Department has finished clearing all the danger posing trees in Mangan town.