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More than 20 killed in Darjeeling as heavy rain triggered landslides

Jul 1, 2015 12:30 IST

Heavy rain on 30 June 2015 triggered twenty-five landslides in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong sub-divisions of Darjeeling district of West Bengal. The landslides resulted in death of at least 23 people and several are missing.

The landslides in three sub-divisions also caused extensive damage to National Highway 10 (old NH 55A) and NH 55 hampering the telecommunication link to Darjeeling and Sikkim. NH 10 connected Darjeeling to Sikkim, Kalimpong, Lava, Lolegaon and Garubathan and NH 55 connected Darjeeling to Siliguri, Matigara with Darjeeling.

Two battalions of the Shashatra Seema Bal (SSB) have been sent to carry on the rescue operation in the landslide-hit areas.

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Who: Landslides

Where: In Darjeeling

What: Heavy rain triggered it

When: 30 June 2015

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