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Landslides affect traffic movement in Sikkim, Bengal

IANS  |  Siliguri 

Fresh landslides on Saturday on two important national highways connecting Sikkim's capital with northern hit traffic movement badly, leaving hundreds of tourists and goods-laden vehicles stranded.

The two affected roads are 10, which connects district's and northern West Bengal's Kalimpong with Sikkim, and 31C that links Siliguri with Bengal's Dooars and also

A heavy downpour in northern had triggered the landslides, state officials said.

Landslides at three places at Mongpong near Sevok wreaked havoc as a 50 metre stretch caved in on NH-31C and several trees fell on the road.

The most affected stretch was earlier repaired after Thursday's landslide but it got damaged again, according to officials from the Public Works (PWD) department.

"Work is going on to clear the road and the damaged stretches need to be rebuilt. It will take two days to resume vehicle movement," an said.

The landslide-hit NH-10 was partially opened for vehicular movement through a one-way arrangement from Saturday evening after the PWD workers repaired the damaged stretches, officials said.

Following Thursday's landslide, the traffic movement was commenced on NH-10 from Friday evening but Saturday's fresh landslides halted the movement in the morning, they said.

The arranged special buses to rescue stranded tourists, said.



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First Published: Sat, September 15 2018. 20:34 IST