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A sudden cloudburst has caused flash floods in Sikkim, leading to neighboring states West Bengal and Jharkhand being put on alert due to heavy rains forecasted by the India Meteorological Department in the coming days.

In West Bengal, districts such as Kalimpong, Darjeeling, and Jalpaiguri are taking precautionary measures by evacuating residents to safer locations. Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, stated that steps have been taken to ensure the safety of those affected by the floods. Senior ministers and IAS officers have been dispatched to North Bengal to oversee rescue and relief operations. The continuous rain since Tuesday night has resulted in flooded streets and traffic disruptions.

Furthermore, Paschim Medinipur, Bankura, Purulia, and Purba Bardhaman districts in West Bengal are facing flood-like situations after the Damodar Valley Corporation released a significant amount of water from Maithon and Panchet dams. The weather pattern changes may require additional water release in the coming hours.

In Sikkim, three fatalities and 23 missing Army personnel have been reported following a flash flood caused by a cloud burst at Lhonak lake. Rescue efforts are ongoing, with Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang monitoring the situation closely.

The southwest monsoon is receding, with a low-pressure area over southeast Jharkhand and nearby regions. Heavy rainfall is predicted in several states, including Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and north Odisha. Kerala has experienced moderate to heavy rains recently, prompting the establishment of relief camps and precautions in various areas.

Although no specific rain alerts have been issued until October 5, educational institutions in certain districts have been closed in Kerala. Search operations are ongoing for a missing person in the Vamanpuram River, with residents in high-risk and coastal areas advised to remain vigilant.

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