Gangtok, June 18, 2019
Around 300 tourists are stranded in North Sikkim’s Zima after a cloudburst triggered a heavy downpour near the Teesta river of the district disrupting the communication on June 17th, 2019.
The traffic came to a standstill as the tourist vehicles got stuck between Lachen and Zema due to the torrential rain. The Lachen police initiated the evacuation of the people and sent them to the Lachen base camp.
The connecting roads of the Chungthang-Lachen-Thangu are reportedly blocked at several places.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang directed the concerned authorities to clear the roads causing inconvenience for the commuters stuck in the road so that they can reach their respective destinations and also directed the authorities to extend all possible help to the tourists.
A heavy inflow of muddy water was witnessed at the NHPC Teesta in Dikchu following which the people residing in the nearby areas were issued a high alert.
Meanwhile, the North Sikkim District Collector Raj Yadav has issued a travel advisory on tourists permit until further notice for the regions of Lachen, Lachung, and Dzongu areas keeping in view of the bad weather conditions.