On October 4, 2023, a flash flood tide struck the state of Sikkim in India. The flood tide was caused by a rainstorm over Lhonak Lake, a glacial lake in the North Sikkim quarter. The rainstorm touched off a release of water and debris that rushed down the Teesta River, submersing townlets and municipalities along the way.
The flood tide caused widespread damage to structures, homes, and crops. It also displaced thousands of people and left at least 40 people dead.
The rainstorm that caused the Sikkim flood tide is believed to have been caused by a combination of factors, including climate change, heavy fall, and the melting of glaciers.
Climate change is making extreme rainfall events, similar to downpours, more frequent and violent. Heavy downfall can also spark downpours, especially in areas with steep terrain. And the melting of glaciers is creating new glacial lakes and adding the threat of downpours.
The Sikkim flood tide is a stark memorial of the ruinous impact of climate change on vulnerable communities.
The Sikkim flood tide had a ruinous impact on the people and structure of the state.
At least 40 people were killed in the flood tide, and numerous further were injured. Thousands of people were displaced from their homes and forced to live in relief camps.
The flood tide also caused wide damage to structures, including roads, islands, and power lines. It also damaged crops and vineyards, leading to food dearths.
The Indian government has stationed the Indian Army and the National Disaster Response Force( NDRF) in Sikkim to help in the deliverance and relief of sweat.
The government has also handed fiscal backing to the families of the victims and to those who have been displaced.
The Sikkim flood tide is a tragedy that has unfolded in the Himalayas. The flood tide has caused wide damage to the people and structure of the state.
The flood tide is also a stark memorial of the ruinous impact of climate change on vulnerable communities.
The Indian government is furnishing backing to the people of Sikkim, but more needs to be done to help them rebuild their lives. (For more news click)