Heavy Rains to Continue Lashing Darjeeling

West Bengal\'s Darjeeling hills, where rain-triggered massive landslides claimed 30 lives, will continue to witness heavy downpour in the next 48 hours.

Published: 02nd July 2015 11:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd July 2015 11:17 AM   |  A+A-


KOLKATA: West Bengal's Darjeeling hills, where rain-triggered massive landslides claimed at least 30 lives, will continue to witness "widespread and heavy" downpour in the next 48 hours, the Met Office said on Thursday.

"Widespread rain is likely in almost all places in Darjeeling in the next 48 hours (till Saturday morning). Heavy rain is expected in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar districts and the adjoining state of Sikkim," an official at the regional Met Office in Alipore said.

The toll is likely to go up as many people are trapped beneath the debris.

Besides the string of landslides which has wreaked havoc in Darjeeling district, the heavy rainfall has also led to Jalpaiguri district getting inundated with most of the rivers overflowing and the Teesta barrage releasing over 5,000 cusecs of water.

Over 2,000 people have been moved to safer places, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who rushed to the affected region on Wednesday night, said.

The landslides have severely affected national highways 31 and 10, snapping road links with Sikkim and leading to many tourists getting stranded. 

Telecom and electricity services were badly affected, too. 

Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju reached the region Wednesday evening to take stock of the situation.

While the Centre rushed two teams of the National Disaster Response Force, personnel of the Sashastra Seema Bal and the Indian Army were engaged in relief and rescue operations.


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 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 are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of 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. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp