Teesta river
Tue, Jun 18, 2019

An alert was sounded for all settlements downstream Teesta river in north and east districts on Monday after release of water from Teesta-V and Teesta-III hydel power project dams. The release of water from Teesta-III dam at Chungthang at 12.30 pm was necessitated following reports of cloud burst upstream. Heavy inflow of muddy water with fallen pieces of trees reached Teesta-V dam at Dikchu. The dam then released the water at around 2.30 pm.
The district administrations in both east and north districts alerted the people living near the river about the situation and to take adequate precaution, especially at Singtam. Response teams were deployed at Singtam and Rangpo and were maintained at a high state of alertness. By evening, the water level of Teesta river started receding and authorities are closely monitoring the situation.
Response teams were stationed at the Singtam and Rangpo with floodlights in the night to monitor the situation. It is informed the water levels of the river are decreasing.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister P.S. Golay has directed the authorities to extend all possible help to the tourists and the general public who are suffering due to the natural calamity and road blockages in North Sikkim due to torrential rain. The Chief Minister is presently in New Delhi.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi