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Darjeeling landslides: Toll hits 34, rescue operations continue

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Darjeeling LandslidesIndian rescue workers search for bodies of those killed in a landslide at Tingling village near Mirik some 60 kms from Siliguri on July 1, 2015. Landslides triggered by heavy rain killed at least 21 people across India's famed tea-growing region of Darjeeling, with more feared trapped under mounds of mud and debris, police said July 1. Rescuers were digging through tonnes of sludge searching for residents after overnight landslides struck homes built on slopes in the towns of Mirik, Kalimpong and Darjeeling in West Bengal state. AFP PHOTO / Diptendu DUTTA

Siliguri/Kolkata: With the recovery of one more body on Sunday, the toll in the landslides in West Bengal’s Darjeeling hills rose to 34, while at least 10 more people remained on the missing-list and were feared dead, an official said.

“The body of 45-year-old Ramesh Rai was recovered from 8 Mile area in Kalimpong,” Darjeeling district magistrate Anurag Srivastava said.

He said rescue and relief operations, including the search for those missing, continued but inclement weather and fresh landslides were hampering the process.


“The landslides have affected around 3,000 people. We are running 33 relief camps across the district,” Srivastava added

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the state disaster management department and the army were jointly carrying out rescue work while the General Reserve Engineering Force was working on a war-footing to restore snapped road-links.