BREAKING NEWS on NATURAL DISASTERS: 3 killed in slide in Kalimpong’s Gumbahatta area

BREAKING NEWS: 3 killed in slide in Kalimpong’s Gumbahatta area – and this is just the start of the monsoons, very ominous ?!!

Upper Gumbahatta Landslide this morning 17 June 2010 (Photo from Save The Hills via Himalayan Beacon)

Section of the road affected between Darjeeling and Siliguri - a gentle monsoon predicted, now CRPF to be airlifted ?!! (Photo Himalaya Darpan)

From our Special News Correspondent in Kalimpong

Kalimpong, June 17: After the heavy thunderstorms last night in Kalimpong, 3 persons were killed after a plumbed wall collapsed and a house in the Upper Gumba Hatta area was severely damaged at 4.30 am this morning.

The three unfortunate victims were identified as Surekha Bhutia (48), Dewata Bhutia (21) and Sriyang Bhutia (16). Search and rescue teams are currently working to find more victims and clear the area.

EARLIER

Landslide disrupts supply lines between Siliguri, Darjeeling – just the beginning ?!!

FROM SIFY NEWS

Supply lines between Siliguri and Darjeeling districts of West Bengal were disrupted Wednesday following a landslide on national highway 55 in the Kurseong sub-division of Darjeeling district, officials said.

No casualties were reported.

The landslide destroyed a 21-metre length of the highway completely besides damaging partially another 22-metre stretch.

‘The landslide occurred due to overnight rains. It will take few days to repair the road,’ Kurseong sub-divisional officer S.T. Bhutia said.

A North East Frontier Railway press statement said toy train services between Kurseong and New Jalpaiguri were suspended due to the landslide, which affected narrow gauge tracks between Rongtong and Tindharia.

Kurseong is a hill station in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal.

Heavy monsoon precipitation is a common cause of landslides in the Darjeeling hills, which are formed of recent rock structures.

Landslip hits Toy Train services – makes much difference to an ineffectual service anyway ?!!

FROM THE HINDU
BY ANANYA DUTTA

KOLKATA: Services of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), popularly known as the Toy Train, were suspended on a section of the train’s route on Wednesday and are unlikely to resume in the coming weeks after a major landslip occurred in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district.

“Services on the section between New Jalpaiguri and Kurseong will remain suspended until the debris on the tracks is cleared,” P. P. Roy, director of DHR, told The Hindu over telephone.

The landslip also blocked National Highway 55, one of the key links between the Darjeeling hills and the plains. However, no casualties or serious injuries have been reported so far, district official T.D. Sherpa said.

He added that work on repair of the highway had begun and it would take about 15 days for the situation to return to normal.

Wait for rain not over yet – more disasters yet to come ?!!

FROM THE STATESMAN

KOLKATA, 16 JUNE: The city dwellers will have to wait a little longer for the rain. The weatherman says there will be no rain in the next 48 hours and the temperature will continue to be high. The temperate recorded in the city today was 37 degrees Celsius with 64 per cent humidity during the day.

Monsoon had arrived after a long wait but two days have passed since the city received showers. The city temperature that had dipped because of pre-monsoon showers shot up again on the third day since the monsoon commenced, coupled with high humidity and discomfort level.

“The monsoon flow has weakened due to a cyclonic circulation that has moved towards Bangladesh, quite far from the state,” said Dr GC Debnath, director of Alipore Meteorological Office.

He said that it would take 48 hours for the condition to subside. The monsoon flow will be reactivated in the North Bengal region first and heavy rain may occur at isolated places over Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar districts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal during next 24 hours. It will take 48 hours for the flow to be active in South Bengal. SNS

MEANWHILE

ACCIDENT: Car fall kills 1

FROM THE TELEGRAPH

Gangtok, June 15: Buddha Gurung, 25, was killed when the taxi he was driving fell some 60 feet down Indira Bypass here on Monday night. Buddha, a resident of Tadong, died on the spot, police said.

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