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Fresh landslides in Sikkim, road communication hit

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GANGTOK, Sept 15 - Continuous downpour on Friday triggered fresh landslides in north Sikkim, already battered by rains and widespread landslips since Sunday.

There was no information on loss of human lives due to the landslides, a district official said.

The residents of the houses that are in danger have been shifted to safer locations, the official said, adding that incessant rain in North Sikkim since Sunday is triggering landslides in different areas at regular intervals.

Fifty houses, school buildings and roads were damaged in the landslides reported from Dzongu, Mangan, Lachen and Mangshilla in North district of the landlocked State since Sunday, the official said.

The district remains isolated from the rest of the country due to snapping of road connectivity, according to the official.

The road between Mangan and Chungthang has been affected by many landslides and it is likely to take about a month to open the road for vehicular traffic, the official added.

State Forest Minister and local MLA TW Lepcha and Deputy Speaker of Sikkim Assembly Sonam Gyatso Lepcha today visited the affected areas in and around Mangan.

A meeting was held to review the situation in the district during which District Collector Karma R Bonpo briefed the team on the extent of damage reported from across North district.

The Revenue Department is carrying out the assessment of the damage to various public properties in the district.

The landslides across the district have damaged about 50 houses, some of which have been damaged severely.

Many schools have been damaged due to which the administration has ordered the closure of these schools. � PTI

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Fresh landslides in Sikkim, road communication hit

GANGTOK, Sept 15 - Continuous downpour on Friday triggered fresh landslides in north Sikkim, already battered by rains and widespread landslips since Sunday.

There was no information on loss of human lives due to the landslides, a district official said.

The residents of the houses that are in danger have been shifted to safer locations, the official said, adding that incessant rain in North Sikkim since Sunday is triggering landslides in different areas at regular intervals.

Fifty houses, school buildings and roads were damaged in the landslides reported from Dzongu, Mangan, Lachen and Mangshilla in North district of the landlocked State since Sunday, the official said.

The district remains isolated from the rest of the country due to snapping of road connectivity, according to the official.

The road between Mangan and Chungthang has been affected by many landslides and it is likely to take about a month to open the road for vehicular traffic, the official added.

State Forest Minister and local MLA TW Lepcha and Deputy Speaker of Sikkim Assembly Sonam Gyatso Lepcha today visited the affected areas in and around Mangan.

A meeting was held to review the situation in the district during which District Collector Karma R Bonpo briefed the team on the extent of damage reported from across North district.

The Revenue Department is carrying out the assessment of the damage to various public properties in the district.

The landslides across the district have damaged about 50 houses, some of which have been damaged severely.

Many schools have been damaged due to which the administration has ordered the closure of these schools. � PTI

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