Sunday rain wreaks havoc in West

Geyzing, 07 Sept:

The torrential rain of Sunday night wrecked havoc in various parts of West Sikkim. The continuous and heavy rainfall caused irreparable damages and loss. Massive landslides triggered by rains have damaged houses, cultivable lands and fruits orchard in Lower Yangtey near district town Geyzing. Two domestic oxen of Chabilal Bista of Lower Yangtey were killed and the cattle shed was swept by landslides along with more than a hectare of paddy field.

Chabilal Bista informed that damages caused by landslide were irreparable, adding that he lost his investment made in farming and livestock with a bleak hope of regain.

BDO (Geyzing), Mukesh Dahal, Jilla Panchayat, Roshan Khatiwada, panchayat members visited the landslides affected areas today and met the affected families. It was informed that the visiting team took stock of damages and essential food items were provided to the affected families. The landslides victims will be compensated after assessment of damages as per the government norms.

The massive landslides in lower areas of Yangtey have swept away the orchard and cultivable fields of the farmers causing them loss in farming this year.

Roshan Khatiwada informed that almost one kilometer of cultivable lands of the farmers of lower Yangtey were completely damaged in landslides. He added that orange orchard and ginger fields of eleven farmers of lower Yangtey were washed away and destroyed in landslides completely incurring heavy loses to the farmers.

"Many residents of Lower Yangtey have suffered the brunt of natural calamities. We are hopeful that the district administration will come up with a positive initiative to address the issue pertaining to natural calamities", Khatiwada said.

Considering the inevitable threat of further landslides, nine families of Lower Yangtey have been shifted to a safer location. The locals share that if rainfall continues, the villages of lower Yangtey face possible threats of flash flood and landslides.

BDO (Geyzing), Mukesh Dahal, Jilla Panchayat, Roshan Khatiwada, panchayat members visited the landslides affected areas today and met the affected families. It was informed that the visiting team took stock of damages and essential food items were provided to the affected families. The landslides victims will be compensated after assessment of damages as per the government norms.

Similarly, landslides at various places of Yuksam Tashiding constituency have resulted in road blockages at various places causing traffic disruption. Farmers have lost their crops and many households have been endagered and face risk of collapse. Three families of Labing and two from Lasso have been shifted to safe locations as their houses have been in risk of collapse due to landslides effected damages.

Two state highways that connect Yuksam Tashiding constituency with rest of other constituencies of west district have been blocked at some places. Legship Tashiding road is untrafficable as the stretch of road near Rangit river dam site has been washed away in landslide and Pelling Tashiding state highway, due to the landslided has been blocked near Famrong falls. It was informed that Legship Tashiding road restoration work may take time considering the severity of damages. The constituency faces risk of being marooned completely if road restoration work gets delayed.

Geyzing Jorethang road via Legship was also inaccessible at various points today but the road was restored in the evening by the concerned department.

Heavy torrential rain triggered landslides were reported from various places of other constituencies of West Sikkim. However, no human casualties have been reported so far.