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Sikkim disaster: Families shifted after landslide in Dzongu

Sikkim disaster: Families shifted after landslide in Dzongu


The adjoining site of landslide and affected areas
TT, Gangtok, Aug. 14: Around 25 families from Mantam in North Sikkim where a landslide had occurred on Saturday were shifted to a relief camp at Tingvong village today.
Officials of North district administration, geologists and environmentalists who visited the affected spot today said the slide was "still active".
The landslide in Dzongu, North Sikkim, had occurred around 1.30pm on Saturday. It blocked the Kanaka, a tributary of the Teesta river, and because of the blockage, a lake has been formed in the river.
"The slide is still active and rocks are rolling down intermittently. The width of the river was 150m. With the formation of the lake, the river is now 300m wide. Since this morning, the water level has started receding," North district collector, Karma Bonpo said.
The slide has damaged a road between Mantam, 60km from here, and Bey and Lingzya. "Around 2km of the road has been affected cutting off the two villages. We have alerted the National Disaster Rescue Force," said Bonpo.
An official said the reason for the slide was not known. "Geologists from the Geological Survey of India have visited the site. It might take few more days to find out the main reason, as the slide is still active. Removal of debris will begin when it stops," he said.

KalimNews: Administrative sources stated that water from Kanaka is being slowly released from the closed river lake and there is no more danger.

1 Response to "Sikkim disaster: Families shifted after landslide in Dzongu"

  1. The news report says that on 13 August 2016 a massive landslide in Dzongu , North Sikkim has triggered fears of floods downstream. It has also been added that entire hillock called “ So Bhir” adjacent to Kanaka river has come crashing down, blocking the Kanaka river. There is no reason to be panicky at present but some remedial measures are called for because the accumulated water on blocked of the river has a potential of causing huge damage in the area. The blocked water could fall in the Teesta river where there is a dam project. In this connection , readers may like to know , if they are already not aware , about the alert prediction of this Vedic astrology writer in hitherto well known article “ 2016 -a woeful year for India with slight cheer at the end” published as early as on 18 January 2016 in online magazine thesop.org. An alert was predicted for Gangtok- Sikkim likely to happen during Summer to August 2016 through massive landslide having likelihood of grave concern. The alert also included some power dam or water dam. The intent of this alert was to enable the concerned to be in readiness much before to counter or size up to such a likely contingency. On June 28 and after in 2016 also , this writer had alerted that period from 9 August to 20 September 2016 , massive floods and landslides could cause substantial concern in the country in Himalayan belt in north of India. It seems the alert was meaningfully useful.

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