New Delhi, October 5: Following a sudden rise in water level and flooding of Teesta River Basin, affecting low lying areas, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, visited the affected areas in Singtam this morning and took stock of the situation. Cloud burst in North Sikkim caused water level of Teesta river to surge, causing widespread havoc in various districts of Sikkim,

While all the emergency services are deployed for evacuation, the Chief Minister met the people of Singtam Bazar and Golitar areas and met the affected citizens. The Chief Minister urged the people to stay alert and take shelter in safe locations for now. He assured that the Government is making all necessary arrangements for evacuation and safe rehabilitation. He appealed to the people to remain calm and ensure their safety first.

After visiting the affected areas, the Chief Minister convened an emergency meeting at the Community Centre, Singtam.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened by the recent and unexpected incident that occurred due to the sudden surge of the Teesta River caused by the cloud burst at its source in North Sikkim. This natural calamity, driven by the uncontrollable forces of nature, has left many of our fellow citizens in distress and uncertainty. In these challenging times, I want to extend my heartfelt support to all the victims and their families affected by this unfortunate event. Our thoughts and prayers are with all during these difficult hours.

I want to assure you that the government is fully committed to providing all necessary assistance and relief to those in need. We understand the magnitude of the situation and are mobilizing all available resources to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens. Our dedicated teams are working day and night to address the immediate concerns and challenges posed by this calamity. I urge the administration, local authorities, all organizations, and individuals to join hands in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation. Together, we can make a significant difference in providing relief to those affected and rebuilding our communities. Let us stand united and support one another during this time of ordeals,” he said.

The CM has been in constant touch with the Central leadership. He spoke to the Prime Minister over the phone and apprised him of the situation in the State. The Prime Minister assured all necessary assistance to Sikkim to address the challenges posed by the disaster. During the day, the Chief Minister corresponded with the Prime Minister through a DO letter and sought necessary support, especially in areas which needed immediate intervention.

The State administration is taking all necessary steps to bring the situation under control and to restore normalcy.

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