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Life in Darjeeling hills was today affected as incessant rains caused landslides at some places and washed away roads, snapping direct road link between Siliguri and Mirik and damaging stretches along NH-10 causing hardship to travellers in the tourist season. West Bengal government has undertaken restoration work on a work footing and deployed relief and rescue teams in Darjeeling and Mirik. "We have already sent relief teams to the area. The relief work has started.
We have also sent teams and specialised machines for the restoration of NH-10. Senior officials are on the spot," state Tourism Minister Gautam Deb, who rushed to the spot following instruction from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said. Rains have damaged vast stretches of NH-10, the lifeline of Sikkim, on the Kalijhora route near Siliguri halting traffic for hours, a report from Gangtok said. The state has also taken steps to bring back the stranded tourists. "We are also making special arrangements to bring back the tourists who want to come back," Deb told PTI. Darjeeling District Magistrate Anurag Srivastava said a road leading to a temporary bridge over the Rakti near Garidhura was washed away yesterday as the stream overflew because of constant rains since Tuesday. The damaged road snapped the direct link between Siliguri and Mirik. Vehicles coming downhill from Kurseong to Siliguri and those travelling between Mirik and Siliguri have to take a detour of over 25 km through Panighata Road via Bagdogra to reach their destination.
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