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Landslides, flash floods disrupt telecom services in north Sikkim

Six people have died with damaged roads and bridges leaving around 1,000 tourists stranded in tourism hotspots like Lachung, Yumthang and Dikchu.

Vast areas of Mangan district, which covers the whole of north Sikkim, are cut off from the rest of the country, with power supply and telecommunication networks affected. The flash floods in the Teesta and local streams have washed away dozens of houses.

“Our priority is to restore road connectivity and reinstate the communication network, and then gradually evacuate all those stranded in north Sikkim,” a district official in Mangan said.

Asked whether the government had started a helpline, the official said it had not as it had been unable to collate data on the stranded tourists because of the disaster’s impact on the telecom network. The Telegraph

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