safely cross road after twin landslides in
Gangtok March 31:About 100 tourists, who were stranded in
North Sikkim following a twin
landslide blocking a key road late last evening, safely made it to the other
side today, official sources said. The
21 km long Chungthang-Lachung road was blocked close to Chungthang by two back
to back landslides triggered by unexpected rains yesterday. Popular tourist
destination Yumthang is 24 km away from Lachung.
The tourists, mostly from
While some of the adventurous tourists made it through with guides and local help last night, the rest returned to Lachung and were brought to Chungthang this afternoon where they were given food and shelter at a Gurudwara. The vehicles, however, made it through affected area only by this evening, they said.
BRO officials said the road will be opened for regular traffic by tomorrow if the rains do not affect work. The road connecting Chungthang and Lachen was also blocked because of the rains at Rangma range. The road would be opened within two days, the BRO said. An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude had left over 90 people dead in
Sikkim on September 18, 2011.