Sikkim-Siliguri road connectivity still affected due to landslides

Siliguri, June 27 (IANS) For the second day running, road links between West Bengal’s Siliguri and Sikkimese capital Gangtok remained cut off on Saturday due to landslides at Rambhi in Darjeeling district, officials said.

Between 50-60 tourists descending to Siliguri from Sikkim were stranded on National Highway 10 on which the landslides occurred on Thursday night at Rambhi under Kalimpong police station following incessant rain.

Another 200 tourists were brought down to Siliguri through another circuitous route, said the officials.

The General Reserve Engineering Force personnel were working continuously to remove the trees, stones and mud and repair the road, they said.

Darjeeling district disaster management official Anindya Sarkar said if there were no further landslides, the highway could be opened on Sunday.

However, Jiwan Baskey, assistant meteorologist at the Sikkim met office, predicted isolated heavy rainfall in Sikkim and the entire northern West Bengal till July 1.

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