Sikkim: Rescue, and evacuation efforts resume after being suspended due to unfavourable weather; death toll stands at 37

In Sikkim, rescue, relief, and evacuation efforts are continuing in places affected by the recent disaster. Evacuation through helicopters resumed this morning after being suspended yesterday due to unfavourable weather. Focused on evacuation and providing relief to stranded people in North Sikkim, tourists from Lachung and Lachen were transported to Siliguri, West Bengal in buses via Pakyong airport on Thursday.

 Another batch of evacuees from Lachen, including army personnel, tourists, and local residents, were brought to Army helipad, Libing, Gangtok. The evacuation process for stranded people in Lachen is also being undertaken through the Ringhim helipad in Mangan.

 Moreover, 13 residents of Lachung were airlifted to Lachung today from Pakyong airport while supplies for relief are being provided in North Sikkim through helicopter sorties.

 So far, over 2500 people have been rescued and around 3500 have been evacuated. The death toll stands at 37 while 78 people are still missing. Over 3700 people are sheltered at relief camps.

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