landslides across Darjeeling, portion of Tindharia washed away

landslides across Darjeeling, portion of Tindharia washed away
KOLKATA: Heavy rainfall lashed several parts of West Bengal’s Darjeeling, triggering several landslides across the district. A video from Bijanbari in Darjeeling surfaced, showing roads being completely washed away by landslides.
A portion of Tindharia settlement on the National Highway (NH) 55 was also washed away by landslides in Darjeeling.

Very heavy rainfall in the district triggered several landslides leaving two dead on Monday. Around 2 am on Monday, a landslide occurred near Pubung Fatak in Sukhia of Darjeeling completely destroying a house, wherein a couple got buried in the rubble. The couple identified as Kumar Lopchan and his wife Bal Kumari Lopchan were rushed to the Darjeeling District Hospital by the police and Fire and Emergency Services Department officials where they were declared dead on arrival. 
Another landslide was reported near Ghoom station and Sukhia, bringing the traffic to a grinding halt with several tourist vehicles getting stranded due to the landslide. 

An orange warning has been sounded for the North Bengal districts of the state for July 8, July 11-12. A red warning has been sounded for the same for July 9-10, 2019. 
According to skymet weather – a weather forecasting site, Darjeeling was the rainiest place in the country with 139 mm of rain, followed by Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra with 136 mm of rain. 

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Heavy rains to lash parts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri, lightning strikes likely

Heavy rains to lash parts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri, lightning strikes likely


Gangetic West Bengal and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim are entirely two different pockets in terms of geography. West Bengal is a plain area wherein the Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim is mountainous terrain.

During the Monsoon season, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim along with Northeastern states are one of the rainiest pockets under the category of mountainous terrain. Whereas, Gangetic West Bengal along with other eastern states of the country is the rainiest pockets in the ‘plains’ category.

Both these pockets are characteristically different. During the Active Monsoon phase, we find good rains over the plains, but Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim will be lower than Gangetic West Bengal. Whereas if there is a Weak Monsoon on account of Break Monsoon conditions (broadly defined as when the Trough line shifts along the foothills) rains go down over Gangetic West Bengal but will phenomenally pick up in the Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim. The rains over these two places are of different varieties.

Now, a situation is building up for Trough line to shift along the foothills and this situation will prevail for a week or so. The situation is normally revived when a fresh system is about to come in the Bay of Bengal and the experts foresee a Cyclonic Circulation brewing up in the Bay of Bengal.

The shifting process will be completed in another 24 hours and then torrential rains will be a sight in the Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim. Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim are expected to witness rainfall in three digits and these rains will be majorly seen during late evening or night and would go on till early morning. These very heavy rainfall activities will be accompanied by frightening lightning and severe thunderstorms. Places like Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Siliguri will be impacted.

Also, our experts have to say that we cannot lower our guards and localised flood like situation is expected.

It has been raining profusely in East India from the past 48 hours. Yesterday, Patna recorded 65.4 mm of rains while Muzaffarpur witnessed 37.6 mm of rains.

For June, Gangetic West Bengal ended with a deficit of 58% and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim ended with a deficit of 23%. Whereas, today Gangetic West Bengal stands at a deficiency of 44% and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim at 32%. It is expected that the deficiency levels of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim would drop this week and it won’t be a surprise if the values become surplus as well. Gangetic West Bengal will see light rains with moderate spells at few places for a week.
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Heavy rainfall lashed several parts of West Bengal’s Darjeeling, triggering several landslides across the district. A video from Bijanbari in Darjeeling surfaced, showing roads being completely washed away by landslides.

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