At least ten people have died in northeastern India after floods in Sikkim state. More than eighty others are missing. The Indian Army reported that among the missing were 23 soldiers.
Heavy rains caused a glacial lake to overflow, submerging the Lachine Valley. The Teesta River burst its banks. Large parts of the Teesta Dam have been washed away. The dam is the largest hydroelectric project in the region.
As a result of the floods, several large bridges were destroyed. Pictures released by the Indian Army show homes in the valley flooded with water and residents being evacuated.
The state capital, Gangtok, is also completely cut off from the outside world due to floods. The city has a population of about 100,000 people.
Searching is difficult
According to the Ministry of Defense, the search for missing persons is complicated by rain.
Floods are common during the monsoon season in India. In August, for example, dozens of people were killed by floods and landslides in the Himalayan region. The Indian Weather Organization is now warning of landslides.
The rainy season begins in June and ends at the end of September. Heavy rains often end in October.
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