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Darjeeling landslide disrupts supply
SILIGURI, JUN 16 (IANS):
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Published on 17 Jun. 2010 1:00 AM IST
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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.

 
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