A fresh landslip was today reported at Gayabari, 56 km from Darjeeling today, cutting off the road link between Darjeeling and Mirik which alone had accounted for 21 deaths in yesterday's landslides, an official of West Bengal's Disaster Management Department said.

With no rains lashing the hills today, National Disaster Response Team, Civil Defence personnel and local volunteers began rescue work in the affected areas today. Rescue teams from the Sashastra Seema Bal and the National Disaster Management Authority have also been pressed into service.

The landslides in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong sub-divisions had caused extensive damage to NH-10 and NH-55, cutting off vital road links to the region. Efforts were on to clear the roads to facilitate the return of the tourists to the plains. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had rushed to Siliguri from Murshidabad yesterday, told reporters last night that the Disaster Management Group of the state was doing a good job.

The Chief Minister said she would take a decision about visiting the natural calamity-affected spots only if it did not disturb the ongoing rescue operation.

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