Landslide threat looms over Sikkim, India

Landslide threat looms over Sikkim, India

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India: Over 50,000 people in about a dozen areas in Sikkim, India are living under constant spectre of natural disasters like earthquake and landslide, according to a GIS mapping report.

The study identified localities like Taza Amba, Changey Lakha, Subaney Dara, Lingam, Machong, Suman Lingzey, West Pendam, Lower Martam, Chisopani, Beyong Khamdong, Budang and Thangsing as highly seismic zone. It was conducted by using remote sensing technology to identify the vulnerability of these areas in terms of natural disasters like earthquake and landslide.

At least 10,000 households are situated in highly vulnerable zone in a dozen localities in East Sikkim district, an official of the Geo Informatics Cell of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) said.

East District, being a hilly district is mostly affected by the natural disasters of land slide, flash flood, high speed wind, drought, forest fire and hail storm. Further, it lies under seismic zone IV which is known as a very high risk zone.

Source: iSikkim