Ex-army building collapses partially; Teesta flowing over danger mark due to heavy rainfall in Sikkim

July 12: A residential cum commercial building belonging to ex-army man Soleman Saring, right below Mangan Police Station partially collapsed after heavy rainfall in North Sikkim for the last 4-5 days on Sunday.

North Sikkim has withstood several landslides in the past few months which has led to severe destruction of land and property in the region.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had forecasted extremely heavy to heavy rainfalls in the sub-Himalayan state besides North East and West Bengal for the next 2 days on Saturday.

The monsoon trough runs close to the foothills of Himalayas. Besides, convergence of southwesterly/southerly winds from Bay of Bengal in lower levels very likely to continue over NE & east India during next 2 days. Under its influence, fairly widespread/widespread rainfall:” IMD tweeted.

It is now being feared that the building may collapse any time soon.

Rescue operation has already been started by the district administration, police, NDRF, and local gentries. All police personnel, Disaster management teams are present at the spot.

Shops and residents of the partially collapsed building have already been evacuated, while the evacuation process is still on in nearby areas.

No casualties have been reported so far.

A high alert has been sounded in areas near the Teesta River including Singtam and other areas, which has been flowing over the danger levels since the heavy rainfalls commenced in the region.