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Floods wreak havoc in Himalayan state

The damaged Teesta V power plant along the Teesta River, in India's Sikkim state.

The damaged Teesta V power plant along the Teesta River, in India's Sikkim state. Photo: Getty

The death toll after floods in the Indian Himalayan state of Sikkim has risen to 74, government officials say.

At least 101 people were still missing on Monday after a cloudburst triggered torrential rains and an apparent avalanche, causing major flooding in the Teesta River.

Around 2500 people have been rescued and 2700 others evacuated by Sikkim authorities to shelters or safer locations with over 1000 homes destroyed.

The flash floods, among the most severe in the region, which shares borders with Nepal, China, and Bhutan, occurred on October 4 when the Lhonak glacial lake overflowed, affecting more than 60,000 people.

The flooding was exacerbated by a week of relentless rainfall in the region with a glacial lake washing away homes and roads and causing the Chungthang hydroelectric dam to overflow.

The collapse of the dam, one of the largest in India with the capacity to generate 1200 megawatts, significantly worsened the flood situation.

Sikkim in the Himalayas is prone to floods and natural disasters. Last year, severe flooding in the region displaced tens of thousands and killed at least 24 people.

–AAP with EFE

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