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North Bengal rivers flowing close to danger level

The major rivers of North Bengal were in a spate and flowing close to danger level today following incessant rains since last night.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2003 10:58 IST

The major rivers of North Bengal were in a spate and flowing close to danger level today following incessant rains since last night.

The Teesta, Torsha, Raidak, Mansai and Mahananda were flowing close to danger level at different places, Central Water Commission (CWC) sources said.

Life was affected in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar districts of West Bengal following incessant rains aggravating the flood situation.

Jalpaiguri district recorded 165 mm of rain, while Darjeeling and Cooch Behar district recorded 136 mm and 88 mm respectively, the sources said.

Torrential rains in Darjeeling hills since last night caused landslides at Sonada disrupting movement of vehicles on the Hill Cart road between Kurseong and Darjeeling, District Magistrate H Mohan said.

The hill people and tourists in particular were facing a tough time in Darjeeling with no electricity since yesterday, Mohan added.

The situation might turn for the worse if the weather forecast that rains would continue for next 48 hours come true, CWC officials said.

First Published: Jun 24, 2003 10:58 IST