Thursday, August 06, 2009

Assam Lingzey flash floods spells devastation

Assam Lingzey (East Sikkim): Rainfall of 4th August night around 9.30 and sudden spurt of high rise of water in the stream Takcham Chu caused landslide resulting in extensive destruction in various parts of Assam Lingzey under Namcheybung Constituency. Villages like Pastenga, Khola Gaon, Kabra Botey, Goucharan suffered huge damage. A 80 ft high bridge that links Naitam and Assam Lingzey is heavily damaged by gushing water.
From 14th Mile to Setipool near Ranipool, ginger fields, cardamom field, orange field are all damaged. Around 200 families of Pastenga power colony are under serious threat of landslide as large cracks are seen around their quarters. Being fearful, they have started removing valuables from their houses and some of them have already left the area. The road that links Pastenga with Ranipool Bazaar has been breached by landslide and people have lost connection with Ranipool.
As the mishap happened at night, many people could not save their cattle. One milching cow along with the shed of Krishna Bdr. Tamang of Nimthang Saramsa, four pigs of Anand Rai of the same area are lost.
Area MLA Mr. Beg Bahadur Rai, SDM East Dr. AB Karki, Chief Engineer Roads and Bridges along with departmental officers and panchayats visited the devastated area Wednesday. The MLA promised to the victims to provide every possible help. After assessment victims will be compensated within a week, he said. For construction of a protection wall, he has asked the DC to take early initiative.
Local people raised their voice to implement Brahmaputra Yozna, a project to construct bridge and dam over the three main rivers of the area as a solution. MLA Mr. Rai also agreed that implementation of said project will solve problems of locals.