Landslides and floods, over 20 dead and 400 stranded, in West Bengal

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darjeelingLandslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed 20-30 people in Darjeeling, on Wednesday morning, causing several other serious damages and losses. The slide occurred in a popular tourist destination, ‘Mirik’, in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. Incessant rainfall has created similar problems in many parts of the district, sweeping away houses, while people were deep in slumber. At least 19 people were killed after their houses were swept away by the landslides at Tingling Tea Garden, under Mirik block of Kurseong sub-division.

Kalimpong alone received 200 mm of rainfall.  In Kalimpong sub-division, at least seven persons are believed to be dead.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, tweeted that, she is monitoring the situation closely and would rush to the spot once she completes her meeting in Murshidabad. She also expressed her anguish over the loss of lives of many. At least 19 people were killed after their houses were swept away by the landslides, at Tingling Tea Garden, under Mirik block of Kurseong sub-division.

Seven people were killed as their houses were swept away in Tingling’s Limbudhura, three people were killed when their house came under the mud at Mahindragaon in Mirik and two people were killed at Thana Line. Five excavators have been pressed into service to clear the debris from important roads connecting Darjeeling and other districts of Bengal. Traffic movement connecting Sikkim-Siliguri has been halted completely. Red alert has been issued following the flood like situations in places like the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.

The Teesta river overflowed, following the frequent heavy rains and around 400 people got stranded in Dhupguri and Biren Basti. North Bengal Development Minister, Gautam Deb said, “Our priority is to rescue people and provide them with medical aid. The biggest challenge is to get through the worse hit areas amidst the incessant rains.”

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