Darjeeling landslides: Toll hits 34, rescue operations continue

Siliguri/Kolkata, July 5 (IANS) With the recovery of one more body on Sunday, the toll in the landslides in West Bengal’s Darjeeling hills rose to 34, while at least 10 more people remained on the missing-list and were feared dead, an official said.

“The body of 45-year-old Ramesh Rai was recovered from 8 Mile area in Kalimpong,” Darjeeling district magistrate Anurag Srivastava said.

He said rescue and relief operations, including the search for those missing, continued but inclement weather and fresh landslides were hampering the process.

“The landslides have affected around 3,000 people. We are running 33 relief camps across the district,” Srivastava added

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the state disaster management department and the army were jointly carrying out rescue work while the General Reserve Engineering Force was working on a war-footing to restore snapped road-links.

 

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