Rain triggered landslides in Darjeeling kill 38 people
Kolkata: Heavy overnight rain triggered a string of landslides in the mountainous Darjeeling district of West Bengal, killing at least 38 people, swamping homes, washing away highways and throwing normal life out of gear in the region famed for aromatic tea.
Rescue operations taken up jointly by Sashastra Sena Bal (SSB) and the state police officials have been affected due to the heavy downpour.
Landslides have damaged important roads including the National Highway – 10, leading to a complete standstill of traffic movement and posing considerable difficulty in movement of rescue workers or medical aid.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed pain over the loss of lives due to landslides and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased.
He directed Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju to go to the locations to take stock of the situation. A team from NDRF is extending all possible support, Modi said.
“Deeply pained at the loss of lives due to the landslides in Darjeeling district. Condolences to the families of the deceased,” he tweeted.
“A compensation of Rs 2 lakh from the PMNRF (Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund) would be provided to the families of the deceased,” he added.