Landslides in Darjeeling hills; tourists and cars trapped on road

Landslides in Darjeeling hills; tourists and cars trapped on road

Kalimpong/Kolkata, Sept 15 (HS): Hundreds of tourists from across the country and abroad have remained stuck midway for several hours following huge landslides in four different places on National Highways 10 and 31 between Kalimpong and Siliguri snapping the road communication since this morning.

According to sources, following incessant rain since yesterday afternoon in the entire Darjeeling hill areas, huge landslides occurred in and around 29 Mile and Setujhora area on the National Highway number 10 near Kalimpong this morning.

As a result hundreds of cars, trucks and buses carrying tourists as well as local residents got stuck on their way to Siliguri.

Similarly in a couple of other landslips because of the rain at Mongpow and and near Kali Bari area on Sevak Road on the National Highway 31, prevented many other people from proceeding towards Sikkim and returning from there.

The landslides also caused severe damage to both the roads in several places forcing all vehicles to remain standstill for hours since morning, mostly without food and water.

However, the Border Roads Organisation soon swung into action and made all out efforts to clear the roads by removing rubbles and undertaking emergency repair work of their damaged portion on war footing allowing the vehicles to move slowly in small queues in the afternoon.

Though there was no report of any major damage to any vehicle or injury or loss of life to any person, steps were taken to regulate the flow of traffic by all means.

Incidentally this was the second major landslides on the National Highways between Siliguri and Kalimpong this week after heavy rain lashed this mountaneous region.

As a result the road communication not only between Siliguri and Kalimpong but also between Siliguri and Sikkim was severely affected.

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