Gangtok:Sikkim is once again facing the music as the onset of monsoon has triggered a series of landslides in the state, damaging houses and cutting off several vital roads. On Friday night, a landslide at NHPC Teesta Stage-V dam on the left bank of the river in Dikchu has cut off Lum and Lingtyang villages of Lower Dzongu, North Sikkim from the rest of the districts.
Locals of Jang and Aapdara, however, argue the landslide was due to the negligence of NHPC, and it could have been avoided with proper preventive work on time. Even movement of people now is not possible at the location with boulders and debris stocked at the top of the dam.
Incessant rains for the past four days have damaged several houses, land and road in North Sikkim. Mangan, which serves as the district capital, has been cut off as the road connecting Namok Khola, Ambithang and Dzongu were disrupted by landslides. Roads beyond Mangan were also blocked at Rafong Khola near Mangan as an RCC bridge got washed away.
Similarly, Dikchu-Gangtok road which was blocked at Sokpay was restored on Saturday afternoon. The road at Namok Khola which was blocked since Thursday is undergoing restoration and will take a couple of days. The alternate route at Dzongu was blocked at Lingdong and Mani Khola.
In landslides in Upper Dzongu, houses at Upper Hee Gyathang have been damaged. The rain also damaged parts of Sonam Choda Memorial School, Lingdong.
The Panchayats have been advised to ensure that people residing in vulnerable slide areas be shifted to safer location temporarily and to avoid movements in vehicles.
Likewise, the road leading towards Mangan Senior Secondary School in Malling ward, Mission Kothi, Ringhim and other wards of Mangan are also in precarious conditions.