Heavy rain in north Bengal hits normal life

first_imgIncessant rain and flooding over the past eight days have disrupted normal life in north Bengal. The district of Cooch Behar has received nearly 200 mm of rainfall over the weekend. Floods have inundated 100 tea gardens in Darjeeling and tourists are stranded at many places. The Regional Meteorological Centre has forecast light to moderate rain over the next week. Highways floodedConnectivity between Bengal and Assam has been disrupted. Floodwaters have inundated portions of National Highway 31 at Maruganj in Cooch Behar. National Highway 55, which connects Darjeeling and Siliguri, is closed. A landslide caused NH-10, connecting Kalimpong to Sikkim, to be closed again on Saturday after being reopened. A control room to monitor the situation has been set up in Kolkata. The worst-affected districts are Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and North Dinajpur, all in north Bengal. As many as 32 rivers in Cooch Behar are overflowing including Torsa, Teesta, Raidak, Damodar and Kaljani. The government has set up 43 shelters in the affected areas.last_img