The landslides in 25 places in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong subdivisions also caused extensive damage to NH-10 and NH-55, cutting off road link to the region. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel were carrying out rescue operations and Army's help has been sought.

20 people were also injured in the calamity and 15 were reported missing at 8 Mile and 11 Mile areas in Kalimpong, SSB sources said.
"22 people were killed in landslides at different places in Darjeeling hills," Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan said. Border Roads Organisation (BRO) men were engaged in clearing the blocked roads.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now in Murshidabad district, is rushing to the affected places. "I am monitoring the situation closely and will rush there after the meeting in Murshidabad," she tweeted. She said the Home Secretary is already in North Bengal.

North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb said that Army's help had been sought for the rescue operations although various agencies were working there.

NH 10 (old NH 55A) bore the brunt with the road link to Kalimpong, Lava, Lolegaon and Garubathan snapped. NH 55 connecting Siliguri, Matigara with Darjeeling was also damaged particularly in Mirik and Rohini areas. A bridge on NH 55 has been washed away at Nimbujhora, the sources said.

More details were awaited, he said adding that rescue work was underway and the figure could rise, he said.

Landslides occurred at several places between Mongpong and Sevoke Kalibari and people were stranded on NH31 which links these places.

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