Landslide snaps Siliguri-Sikkim highway linkJuly 20th, 2011 - 4:38 pm ICT by IANS
Siliguri, July 20 (IANS) The road link between Siliguri and Sikkim was snapped for about six hours Wednesday after heavy overnight rains triggered a landslide on National Highway 31A in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district, police said.
Hundreds of vehicles remained stalled for six hours following the landslide, which resulted in a 20-foot wide crater on the highway, considered the lifeline to Sikkim.
“Around 500 vehicles were stranded on both sides. However, a few vehicles took other longer routes,” said a police officer.
The General Reserve Engineer Force personnel managed to repair the road after a six-hour effort.
“The road was opened at 1.40 p.m.,” said the officer.
National Highway 31A runs along the banks of the Teesta river linking the Sikkim capital Gangtok with Sevoke, near Siliguri, on National Highway 31.
- Quake-hit Sikkim puts toll at 23, surveys horror - Sep 19, 2011
- 42 die in Indian quake, rains hamper relief work - Sep 19, 2011
- Action Aid India helps quake-hit Sikkim victims - Sep 26, 2011
- Sikkim cut off after landslide damages highway - Aug 19, 2010
- Landslides kill four, snap links to Sikkim - Jun 17, 2011
- Quake kills 10, injures over 200 in Bengal - Sep 19, 2011
- Quake toll in Sikkim mounts to 68 - Sep 21, 2011
- Sikkim cut off from West Bengal due to landslide - Jun 11, 2010
- Deaths, destruction as strong quake hits India, Nepal - Sep 19, 2011
- Quake kills six, injures over 100 in north Bengal - Sep 19, 2011
- Darjeeling highway blocked by landslides - Jul 04, 2009
- Sikkim quake toll reaches 78 - Sep 22, 2011
- Quake kills four, injures over 100 in north Bengal - Sep 19, 2011
- 35 killed, hundreds injured in Sunday's quake in north, east India - Sep 19, 2011
- Four killed in Darjeeling road accident - Jan 17, 2011