GUWAHATI: In the wake of the tragic flash floods in Sikkim on Wednesday, condolences, concerns, and prayers have been pouring in from across the nation, with heartfelt reactions from Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland.
On a popular micro-blogging website, all three Chief Ministers shared their thoughts and prayers for the safety of the affected residents.
Meghalaya’s Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, expressed his distress over the 23 missing Army personnel and the flash flood situation in Sikkim. He offered his prayers for their safety and the well-being of the residents, saying, “Distressed to learn about the 23 missing Army personnel who have been reported missing following the cloudburst and flash flood in Sikkim. Praying for their safety and the well-being of the residents.”
Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, conveyed his deep sadness and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, stating, “Extremely sad to learn about the mishap in Sikkim due to flash floods. The loss of precious life is shocking. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Praying for the safe rescue of missing personnel of our Army.”
Additionally, Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister of Nagaland, expressed his deep concern about the flash flood in Lachen valley, Sikkim, which resulted in the breach of the Chungtham Dam and affected military establishments. He extended his prayers for the safety and well-being of the residents.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang to assess the situation and assured him of all possible support. PM Modi tweeted, “Spoke to Sikkim CM Shri @PSTamangGolay and took stock of the situation in the wake of the unfortunate natural calamity in parts of the state. Assured all possible support in addressing the challenge. I pray for the safety and well-being of all those affected.”
Sikkim aced flash floods triggered by a cloudburst on Wednesday. The flooding occurred in the state’s Lachen valley along the Teesta River, resulting from an abrupt and intense cloudburst above Lhonak Lake in the state’s northern region. The flash floods have left 23 army personnel missing and submerged 41 vehicles under slush. Search and rescue operations are underway, with the state government coordinating efforts with the Indian Army and other rescue teams. Residents in affected areas have been advised to move to higher-altitude areas for safety.
The flash floods have caused extensive damage to infrastructure, roads, and properties, intensifying the crisis. Authorities are working diligently to restore communication and transportation links in the affected regions to facilitate relief operations.