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‘We lost everything’ – Rescue workers struggle in aftermath of flash floods in India that left 18 dead, over 100 missing

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« Rescue and emergency operations were underway after flash floods caused by a cloudburst and heavy rainfall in North Sikkim on Thursday has led to a devastating situation. As of now, 18 people have lost their lives, and 102 individuals, including 22 Indian soldiers, remain missing.
« I, along with my fellow workers, left our place when water started entering the area and we left all our belongings there to save our lives. We lost everything in the flash floods even my foot is also broken and now we are living in temporary shelters, » explained Mohammad Asif Khan, a migrant worker.
According to reports, the flash flood occurred in the Teesta River basin, causing significant damage to the region. The state government reports that 2,011 individuals have been rescued so far, but a total of 22,034 people have been affected by this calamity.
The flash flood resulted in the overflowing of Lhonak Lake and the subsequent inundation of towns and villages along the Teesta River. Many bridges have collapsed, and power infrastructure has been damaged, including the Chungthang dam, the largest hydropower project in Sikkim.
Rescue and relief efforts are underway, with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Indian Army engaged in search and rescue operations. The state government has established 26 relief camps across the affected districts to provide shelter and support to those in need. »

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