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Massive landslide triggered by incessant rainfall at NH-10 near Siliguri

Road link between Sikkim and neighbouring West Bengal has been affected, as landslides triggered by incessant rainfall since September 21 have caused massive damage to National Highway (NH)-10 at several locations. Vehicles operating between Sikkim and Siliguri and Kalimpong and Siliguri are forced to take a detour.
 

Massive landslide triggered by incessant rainfall at NH-10 near Siliguri-dbr
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West Bengal, First Published Sep 25, 2020, 12:14 PM IST
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Road link between Sikkim and neighbouring West Bengal has been severely affected as landslides triggered by incessant rainfall since September 21 have caused massive damage to National Highway (NH)-10 at several locations.

It has been raining in North Bengal for the last few days due to low pressure. Heavy rain was forecast on September 21. Due to continuous rain in several parts of North Bengal, landslides occurred in the mountains.

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Loosely packed soil continues to cause landslides on multiple roads by the mountain. There is no sign of rain ceasing. Cleaning of roads have been getting difficult. The disaster management team came to the spot immediately after the landslide. But it was not possible for them to work at full speed because of the heavy downpour.

Vehicles operating between Sikkim and Siliguri and Kalimpong and Siliguri are taking a detour.

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Incessant rainfall also caused landslides at 29th Mile in West Bengal’s Kalimpong district on Tuesday (September 22). In north Bengal, many rivers have swelled up, as heavy rainfall was recorded until Wednesday (September 23) afternoon.

“Though NH-10, which connects Sikkim and Siliguri, north Bengal’s biggest town, via the Kalimpong district, was opened for a couple of hours on Tuesday afternoon, it had to be closed again late at night,” said Subodh Chettri, executive engineer-II, public works department (PWD), division-9, West Bengal.

S Poonambalam, district magistrate (DM), Darjeeling said, “Though it is raining incessantly since Tuesday, we have not yet received any report about a loss of human life. The Siliguri-Mirik road was closed on Wednesday morning at Ghayabari. Several wards under the Siliguri Municipal Corporation have reported waterlogging.”

According to reports, weather is likely to be normal from Saturday (September 26).

 
 

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