10 killed, 23 injured in Darjeeling landslides

May 26th, 2009 - 6:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Siliguri, May 26 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and 23 injured following landslides Tuesday in West Bengal’s hill district Darjeeling, police said.
“At least 10 people died and 23 were injured in landslides across Darjeeling district. We’ve also got reports that six people are missing,” Darjeeling additional superintendent of police Akhilesh Yadav said.

He said the army has been called in to carry out rescue operations in different parts of the hills.

“Nearly 500 houses were damaged due to torrential rains that started yesterday (Monday) morning and are still continuing in northern parts of the state,” Yadav added.

According to sources, nearly 100 landslides took place across Darjeeling and its adjoining areas causing immense trouble to thousands of residents of the hilly region.

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