The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has established an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) to evaluate the destruction caused by a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) in Sikkim, triggering flash floods.
The IMCT will visit the affected areas in Sikkim, and additional Central assistance from the National Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) will be provided based on their assessment.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has authorized the release of both instalments of Central Share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to Sikkim, amounting to Rs 44.80 crore for the year 2023-24, to support relief efforts.
The central government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is closely monitoring the situation and providing full support to Sikkim, including the deployment of NDRF teams, Indian Air Force helicopters, and Army personnel. Technical teams are aiding in infrastructure and communication network restoration.
On October 4, GLOF and flash floods led to a surge in the Teesta River, causing damage to bridges, NH-10, the Chungthang Dam, and impacting towns and infrastructure projects in Sikkim. Search efforts for missing soldiers and evacuation operations are ongoing.