A woman and two children aged 10 years and seven months have died in a landslide caused by heavy rains near Gangtok, Sikkim. The woman, identified as Doma Sherpa (27) and her two sons, were sleeping in their hut at Rongge Dokan Dara, officials said. He said his hut was completely buried in a landslide.
Rabin Seva, a sub-divisional magistrate in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, said that “all three bodies were seized from the debris”.
The father of the children, Bimal Manger, was a professional driver and was in Siliguri, West Bengal when the incident took place.
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Large areas of North Bengal, including Sikkim and Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills, have been experiencing heavy rains for the past few days, causing landslides in many places.
“National Highway 10 (NH10) is hit by 22 new landslides in North Bengal,” said Subodh Chetri, executive engineer of PWD Division 9, a custodian of NH10 in West Bengal.
NH10, the lifeblood of Sikkim, is usually closed during the monsoon. It remained open until reports arrived. The highway was closed for about four hours Monday morning.
However, no loss of life and property was reported from any part of the area.