Gangtok: A 40-year-old woman was killed when she got buried under a landslide in Sichey, Gangtok on Tuesday night, said reports.
Pre-monsoon rains have ravaged several parts of Sikkim, including state capital Gangtok, which witnessed the third major landslide in less than a week.
East Sikkim witnessed 30.9 mm rainfall on Tuesday.
The landslide below Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School damaged a few floors of a 5-storey residential building where the woman was staying, reports said.
Injuries were also reported from other residents, who were either evacuated from the location or taken to STNM Hospital depending on their health condition, said reports.
The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) team led by sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Robin Sewa said that the rescue team reached the site in less than 30 minutes. “But by the time we reached, the 40-year-old woman was buried in the landslide, while locals were trying to rescue her,” he said.
While some of the injured were taken to the hospital, others were shifted to nearby houses and PNG School which we are using as shelter for the five to six families living in the area, Sewa added.
Meanwhile, locals said that a landslide had occurred last year too. They had covered the area with plastic sheets.
The other landslide occured about 300 metres from the site. A few years ago, a house construction and excavation led to a landslide, said locals.
“The state government had erected a protective wall so that it does not block the road,” a local resident said.
However, due to heavy rainfall on Tuesday, the road down below started to sink under pressure to such an extent that officials have now declared that road may be closed for over a month.