After flash floods in North Sikkim in early October 2023 destroyed 13 bridges and 20-25km of road, army engineers stepped into restore the mountainous region’s connections with the wider world.

Officials open the Bailey suspension bridge constructed by Border Roads Organisation in Sikkim, north India. Credit: The Government of Sikkim, India.

Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which is owned by the Indian Ministry of Defence, erected a Baily suspension bridge over the river Teesta at Sangkalang, Mangan District. The construction, which took three months, involved massive river training to protect the banks and bridge abutment. BRO has also launched two other bridges in the region. These will be in use until the monsoon season, which starts in June, raises river levels.