Landslides cut off Gangtok, Kalimpong from Bengal plains, more rains predicted

Rains triggered landslides that blocked two national highways in north Bengal, cutting off Sikkim’s capital Gangtok, Kalimpong and a major part of Dooars from Siliguri in the plains. 

Published: 13th July 2019 01:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2019 09:14 AM   |  A+A-

Landslide

Image used for representational purposes (File | EPS)

By Express News Service

KOLKATA: Rains triggered landslides that blocked two national highways in north Bengal, cutting off Sikkim’s capital Gangtok, Kalimpong and a major part of Dooars from Siliguri in the plains. 

Amid a warning of heavy to very heavy downpour in next 48 hours, fresh landslides hit parts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts.

The two arterial roads — NH-10 that connects Siliguri and Sikkim, and NH-31 connecting Siliguri and Dooars — are closed since Thursday. The NH-10 is considered as the lifeline of Sikkim.

Toy train services in Darjeeling were suspended because of landslides and poor condition of tracks due to heavy shower. Also, train services between Siliguri and Alipuduar were affected because of the inclement weather.

Many tourists, who were heading for Sikkim, returned to Siliguri on Friday.

"My hotels were booked and my journey plan was chalked out. Now I have decided to take a detour and visit Darjeeling," said Umesh Chatterjee, a banker who wanted to visit Sikkim.

Train movement between Siliguri and Alipurduar through Dooars were stopped on Thursday after earth on both sides of the tracks caved in and washed away by the swollen Gheesh river near Malbazar in Jalpaiguri.

Heavy rains hampered repair works.  

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp