Many feared dead in Sikkim landslide

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 23, 2012 12:35 hrs

Gangtok, Sept 23 (IBNS) Many people were killed in a landslides in North Sikkim's Chungthang after the area was hit by flash floods following heavy rains since past one week, reports said on Sunday.

Reports said the dead included personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) besides civilians.

Nine bodies were recovered, reports said.

According to TV reports, many houses on the banks of river Lachen were washed away.

Rescue efforts have started.

Army helicopters were deployed to assist in rescue operation while Sikkim Relief Commissioner said it will take at least a month to completely restore normality in the areas.

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