5 dead, many stranded amid rains, landslides
Hindustan Times|October 21, 2021
At least five people, including two children, have died in various rain-related incidents in the tiny Himalayan state of Sikkim and the tea growing region of north Bengal which have been witnessing torrential downpour (no floods) and major landslides since Monday night.

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Normal life was thrown out of gear and hundreds of tourists, who thronged the popular hill destinations during the Durga Puja season, were stranded after National Highway-10, the main road linking Gangtok with the rest of the country, was snapped due to landslides in the area.

The arterial roads connecting various spots in Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills were damaged at several points while NH-10 was believed to be damaged in at least 16 areas. Power supply and mobile network services were also affected.

Two children, aged 8 and 10 years, were washed away in the swelling waters of Torsa River in Alipurduar on Wednesday. One died in West Bengal's Kalimpong district on Tuesday, two died in Sikkim on Monday.

A home guard, Suman Thapa, went missing after a landslide in Darjeeling.

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