Sikkim Floods: Mortal Remains Of Eight Army Personnel Recovered, Search Underway For 14 Missing

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New Delhi: The mortal remains of eight Army personnel were discovered on Saturday. They were among a group of 23 soldiers reported missing after flash floods struck Sikkim, as confirmed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Singh took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to extend his condolences over the tragic loss of lives caused by a flash flood in Sikkim.

“Deeply pained by the tragic loss of precious lives, including eight Army personnel in the recent flash floods arising out of a glacial lake burst in Sikkim,” the Defence Minister said in a post on X.

“Out of the 23 missing soldiers, one was rescued while mortal remains of eight brave soldiers were recovered. Their sacrifice, while being deployed in forward areas in the service of the nation, will not be forgotten,” Singh added.

The defence minister further announced that search operations to rescue the remaining 14 soldiers and missing civilians are currently underway.

According to the latest update from the Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA), the tragic incident has claimed the lives of 26 individuals, while a worrisome 142 people remain unaccounted for. The report also indicates that 2,413 individuals have been successfully rescued from the disaster-stricken areas.

Earlier on October 3, a disaster unfolded in the Sikkim Himalayas when the Lhonak glacier ruptured, leading to the release of a substantial amount of water into the Teesta River. This sudden breach resulted in a significant rise in water levels, leading to extensive flooding in several areas of the state.

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