Legship village and surrounding areas of West Sikkim have been witnessing incessant rainfall since 5 pm on Wednesday Credit: Sanjay Pradhan & Nanda Lal Sharma

Gangtok: The iconic Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple in Legship, West Sikkim is bearing the brunt of the rising water level of River Rangeet flowing adjacent to it. The village and the surrounding areas of the district have been witnessing incessant rainfall since 5 on Wednesday evening which went on till the wee hours of Thursday.

The temple is adjacent to River Rangeet. Barely 150-200 metres up the river, NHPC dam stands, from where the overflow and discharge were carried out late on Wednesday night
Another dam some 2-3 km above at River Kallej, which is a distributary to River Rangeet, was also discharged late on Wednesday night

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The entire West Sikkim has faced multiple landslides due to incessant rains which began early evening at around 5 on Wednesday and went on till Thursday morning
Around 10:30 pm on Wednesday night, the locals claim that the dam discharged the overflow

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A second wave of major discharge from the NHPC Rangeet dam at Legship followed around 4 am in the morning
The river is said to have brushed the temple and gone by, bringing in sediments towards the Krishna temple adjacent to the river

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Even the temple store got flooded and its utensils washed away
The temple is connected by a bridge, which is only for foot commute. This also poses a threat with the structure dwindling with the rising river level

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Residents of a house on the opposite end had to be evacuated as the river eroded a portion of the land creating a mudslide
BDO Mukesh Dahal along with Geyzing Municipal Corporation officials and Legship Temple Welfare committee visited the premises on Thursday to assess the damage

(All images courtesy of: Sanjay Pradhan & Nanda Lal Sharma)

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