Toll in Darjeeling landslide mounts to 42

Darjeeling: One more body was tonight found in the landslide-battered Darjeeling district, taking the toll to 42. The body of Shreya Sharma (9) was found from under the debris of landslide-ravaged Tingling tea estate area, a senior police officer said.

Earlier, body of Ramesh Rai (26) was retrieved from under rubble in the 8 Mile area of Kalimpong by NDRF and Civil Defence volunteers, district Disaster Cell Officer-in-charge Gopal Rai said. The search operation was on to recover more missing persons by Army, NDRF, SSB and other rescue teams.

Meanwhile, preliminary repair work was going on along those parts of the three national highways where damage by landslides was comparatively light, according to Public Works Department sources. For major damages, tenders have to be floated according to PWD rules, they said.

Meanwhile, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) North Bengal Zonal Council launched its first phase of Mirik Landslide Relief Operations with trucks sent to the affected area.

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