At least 23 soldiers are missing after some flash floods in the state of Sikkim, in northern India, caused by the release of water from a dam, The Indian Army indicated this Tuesday.
“The disappearance of 23 members (of the Army) has been reported, and that some vehicles have been left buried under the mud. Rescue operations are underway,” the Indian Army said in a statement.
The event took place near the city of Singtam, after heavy rains forced the release of water from the Chungthang dam, causing a rapid rise of between four and six meters in the waters of the Teesta River.
The Indian Army shared images of the damage caused by the rising waters, which left houses flooded and roads destroyed.
“Some Army establishments along the valley have been affected, and efforts are being made to confirm the details,” the military said.