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Watch: Indian Army Builds 70-Feet Bridge In Sikkim Floods Within 72 Hours

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Indian Army has always done wonders. From rapid response in disaster to the nation’s protection, the Indian army makes sure that the people are protected and at relief. One such example of the Indian Army’s heroic and swift actions is the recent construction of a 70-feet bridge in flood-hit Sikkim. Here’s how the Indian Army came to the rescue of Sikkim.

 

Indian Army Constructs 70 Feet Bridge In 72 Hours

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Since the second week of June, Sikkim has been troubled by challenging terrains and relentless rains. The ferocious floods have disturbed Sikkim in every way. The ravaging waters have caused significant chaos in the northeast area, from people’s lives to massive landslides. This has also caused a serious loss of infrastructure.

Sikkim has been struggling with inundating floods and landslides caused by very high rainfall since June 11. Numerous landslides have severely damaged important routes that link to North Sikkim, such as Dikchu-Sanklang-Toong, Mangan-Sanklang, Singtham-Rangrang, and Rangrang-Toong. The Trishakti Corps of the Indian Army intervened and made sincere efforts to reestablish access and communication. They set out to build a bridge that would connect the isolated communities. This was carried out with the help of the Border Roads Organization (BRO) and the local government.

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To restore the lost connection, the Army engineers of the Trishakti Corps built a 70 feet bailey bridge at Dett Khola on the Dikchu-Sanklang axis in just 72 hours in the flood-hit area. The relief work began on 23rd June and was completed in just 3 days.

 

PRO’s Stance

“The bridge is an important link to enable vehicular traffic from Dikchu to Sanklang towards Chungthang. The bridge will assist in providing basic necessities including critical medical aid for the affected people of Mangan district.” Mr Pintso Namgyal Lepcha, State Forest Minister and state secretary of Disaster Management visited the site on 27 Jun 24 & appreciated the efforts of the Indian Army in completing the bridge at a fast pace.” 

 

“Not The First Time”

Well, this is not the first time that the Indian army has provided relief in such a short time. The Ministry of Defence said in a statement that earlier this week the Army engineers built a 150-foot-long suspension bridge in less than 48 hours to reopen border villages that had been cut off by the ongoing, intense rains. This brought much-needed relief to the affected communities. It was difficult work for Armymen to build the bridge because of the rough weather and swift-moving water. Heroic actions like these show the unwavering commitment of Army officials towards our nation and its people.

 

Harsh Conditions In Sikkim

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Six people lost their lives and over 1,500 visitors were left stranded in North Sikkim’s Mangan district earlier this month due to major landslides caused by flash floods that prevented access to networks.

Roads were obstructed, residences were submerged, and power poles were also uprooted by the landslides. A recently built bailey bridge across the Teesta River also failed, severing the vital connection connecting Mangan, Dzongu, and Chungthang. Sources claim that because of the hampered road links, residents in the Dzongu district are currently dealing with a serious lack of necessities. According to the report, the situation has gotten so bad that the cost of transportation for a single bag of rice has increased to around Rs. 3000.

A high-level conference to assess readiness to handle the threat of floods impacting northeastern states, including Sikkim, during the current monsoon season was also presided over this week by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

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