Former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia initiates relief campaign for Teesta

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Former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia announced that they have launched a relief campaign called ‘Play for Teesta’ on Sunday. The goal is to raise funds to help the flood-affected people in Sikkim.

Bhaichung Bhutia mentioned that ‘Play for Teesta’ will cover the entire Teesta region, including Sikkim and West Bengal, as the Teesta River flows through both states and even extends beyond India into Bangladesh.

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Talking with the reporters Bhaichung Bhutia said, “We have just started a campaign yesterday ‘Play for Teesta’. This includes the entire Teesta build, Sikkim, and West Bengal, because Teesta goes through Sikkim, through West Bengal, and out of India to Bangladesh. So, the entire build has been affected. We are trying to start a campaign to raise funds for relief work. So, we have started a relief campaign from yesterday, where we are telling all people to play some sports, raise funds through those sports, and send those funds to the people affected by the flood.”

The flood started on October 4, in the early hours due to a glacial lake overflowing in South Lhonak after heavy rainfall. The Teesta River caused extensive damage to homes, an army camp, various hydroelectric power projects, and roads including NH-10, which is a lifeline for the state. Till now, 33 bodies have been found in the mud and debris left by the flash flood including nine Army personnel, and more than 100 people are still missing.

Pankaj Luitel is a graduate from Manipur University and loves reading and writing. At MountainEcho, Pankaj contributes to the content team efforts and regularly writes for our website

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