Darjeeling slide claims 2 lives, several injured

DJ Slide
Tue, Jul 9, 2019

DARJEELING,: Landslide after torrential rainfall in Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills claimed two lives and several others grievously injured.
Heavy rainfall triggered massive landslide in Chaitiadhura of Pubong Fatak under Sukhia Pokhari block, Darjeeling where a house was buried under the debris killing an elderly couple. The deceased has been identified as Kumar Lopchan (60) and his wife Bal Kumari Lopchan (55). Both used to stay in the house while their children used to work in Sikkim.
According to local residents, the landslide occurred between 1:30 am to 2:00 am and buried the house of Kumar Lopchan. The other houses were partially damaged. An Innova car was also damaged due to the landslide.
Locals also alleged the negligence of the contractor who did not construct the guard wall and parapet properly following which the landslide occurred from the main road and hit the village.
GTA BoA chairman Anit Thapa visited the affected area and met the family members and relatives of deceased. He assured for all support and financial assistance.  “I heard about the casualties and came to visit the spot. The GTA will provide all help required. We are hearing that the landslide occurred due to the negligence of the PWD that was making a road above it but we have to authenticate the matter first,” said Thapa.
The district administration has also maintained that they will provide whatever relief is required to the affected family.
Landslides were also reported in Tungsung in Bijanabri block where one house was partially damaged with one Soma Thapa (40) injured. Similarly, due to landslides Maribong road at Sukhia block joining Bijanbari was also blocked along with minor damages reported in roads like Singtam and debris falling at the railway tracks at Kakjohra which was however cleared.
Jorebunglow police appealed to people to leave their houses if they were facing any threat due to the rainfall.
According to officials, the maximum rainfall recorded in the last 24 hours in Darjeeling stood at 105.4 mm while at Kuresong the rainfall recorded was 26.2 mm while at Siliguri it was 17.80 mm and at Mirik it was 50 mm.
Speaking on monsoon preparedness and natural calamities, Darjeeling district magistrate Deepap Priya P said, “We have already held several meetings earlier on regarding this matter with officials of the PWD, NH, municipality, the BDOs along with others and made preparations. Everyone has kept their resources ready and we have enough relief stock along with equipment required for rescue and relief operations.”
A control room was also set up today for such incidents with the district magistrate also maintaining that training will also be given to civil defence volunteers by the NDRF and SDRF soon along with divers also kept on standby in case of any incidents along the river.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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