Watch: Amid heavy rain landslide in Darjeeling damages newly redeveloped road; Met Dept predicts heavy rainfall
Photo: Pooja Mehta/Twitter video screengrab

With the monsoon season firmly covering India, there have been a spate of rain and storm-related incidents and disasters reported from different parts of the country lately. From deadly lightning strikes to floods -- reports have come in from various parts of India.

Now, on June 28, there was a landslide in the Paglajhora area of West Bengal's Darjeeling district. The incident took place on a stretch of road that links the Rimbik and Lodhama areas in the hills. Reportedly, the disaster has affected the flow of traffic and blocked the national highway.

As per an IANS report that quotes police sources, there were no casualties reported.

A video of the situation was posted on Twitter by Zee News' Pooja Mehta and shows a large swathe of the road caving in. While some of had already fallen in, the video shows additional portions of the road and the soil below falling down into a valley of sorts. Additionally, cracks can be seen along the side of the road.

Reportedly, the landslide was triggered by a heavy spell of rain, and has heavily damaged a road stretch that was redeveloped recently at a cost of Rs 20 crore. Repair was was begun on Monday morning.

However, the inclement weather conditions might not be over yet. Another IANS report quoted sources at the Alipur Meteorological office to say that as many as seven north Bengal districts are likely to witness heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the next six days disrupting normal life. As per the weather forecast, Darjeeling falls under the list of areas that will be worst affected.

(With inputs from agencies)

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