FROM TIMES OF INDIA
[[DARJEELING]]: Incessant rainfall led to landslides on Saturday night at several places along the Pankahabri and [[Rohini]] roads in [[Kurseong subdivision]], disrupting traffic to the Hills from the plains. A total of four landslides occurred along Pankhabari road since Sunday morning, said sources from the district administration. last night caused landslide at several places along the Pankhabari and Rohini roads in Kurseong sub-division disrupting traffic to the hills from the plains.
According to the district administration, four landslides occurred along the Pankhabari road early in the morning. Another landslide on the Rohini route forced the administration to divert traffic to the Hills via Tindharia and Mirik.
The district administration swung into action and managed to clear the Rohini road which after repair was opened to vehicles, earlier this month. All the vehicles coming from Siliguri to Kurseong were allowed to take the Rohini route but those going to Darjeeling were made to detour via Mirik which is a longer.
Restoration work has been going on in full swing and the administration has managed to clear Rohini road which was under repair and had open to traffic only earlier this month. Though vehicles coming to Kurseong from [[Siliguri]] were allowed to take the Rohini route, those headed to [[Darjeeling]] were diverted via [[Mirik]] and [[Tindharia]].
Though work is underway, authorities feel that clearing work is in full swing at the landslide spots but it may take some time before the road is restored to normalcy. Two of the landslide hit areas are yet to be cleared. With National Highway 55, the arterial link of the Hills closed for over two years due to landslides, the only way to Darjeeling was via the Pankhabari road. The Rohini road was under construction for the past few months. NH 55 was badly damaged massively near 14th Mile in Ghayabari in Kurseong sub-division by a major landslide. Luckily, no lives were lost. Though, several rounds of Inspections have been conducted by highway, railway and district officials but the road is yet to be restored.
Late in the afternoon, half of the road collapsed at Giddepahar also in Kurseong sub-division affecting vehicular movement via Tindhria. The administration has allowed movement of only small vehicles on the road.
The district administration though is keeping is on the alert and keeping a close watch.
“There were landslides in some parts of Kurseong sub-division especially on the roads. We have managed to clear some and effort is on to restore vehicular movement completely,” said a senior official.
On Sunday, rain continued to lash the Hills. No incident of landslide was, however, reported from the sub-divisions of Kalimpong and Darjeeling.
Rain continued through out the day today but no incidents of landslide were reported from the sub-divisions of Kalimpong and Darjeeling.
Though there were no reports of loss of life from any of the landslide hit areas but a small shop at Giddepahar was partially damaged.