Update: 40 killed in Darjeeling landslides
At least 40 people have been killed in landslides triggered by heavy rains in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong sub-divisions of Darjeeling district since Tuesday night.
20 bodies have been recovered from debris so far.
A central team, headed by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday visited landslide-hit areas in Darjeeling district of West Bengal and took stock of rescue and relief operations.
The worst affected areas of Mirik are Lamagaon and Saureni where 21 people have been killed.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each to families of those who lost their lives in landslides in Darjeeling district of West Bengal.
This amount will be in addition to the compensation of Rs. 4 lakh rupees to be given from the National Disaster Relief Fund.
The landslides have caused extensive damage to NH 10 and NH 55, cutting off road and telecommunication link to Darjeeling and Sikkim. 25 landslips were reported in the three sub-divisions.
Two NDRF teams have been dispatched for rescue operations. One team has already reached.