Overnight rain damages sections of North Sikkim Highway

Mangan, 26 May:

Heavy overnight rain has damaged several sections of North Sikkim Highway along the Dikchu-Mangan axis which was blocked at 4th Mile today due to a landslide.

Light vehicles plying on this road to Mangan had to hence proceed via Dzongu. Weather permitting, regular traffic is expected to be restored by Monday morning.

The highway was also initially blocked at Namok Khola and was restored by evening.

Meanwhile, the Mangan-Chungthang road was also blocked at Lanthey Khola and Rel Khola and both were restored by evening.

Until the blockages were cleared, commuters had to opt for transshipment. Stranded vehicles, however, could move across only after the stretches were cleared.

The rain and slides have also damaged the water supply lines from the Rang Rang and Teynam sources. Repair works are underway.