Rain leaves 3 dead; Sikkim cut off, train services crippled

Rain leaves 3 dead; Sikkim cut off, train services crippled

Agency News

Siliguri, Jul 11 : At least three persons were feared drowned, two of them vacationers from Rajasthan, while landlocked Sikkim remained cut off and train services to north Bengal districts and northeast were severely affected as heavy rain for the past few days played havoc in the region, official sources said today.

Tourists from Jaipur, identified as Gaurav Sharma and Aman Garg, and driver Rakesh Rai (34), a resident of Sevok Road here, are feared killed after their SUV travelling towards Gangtok plunged into the swelling Teesta while negotiating near Coronation Bridge on Wednesday afternoon.

Massive search operation could not trace them yet as inclement weather hampered the searching.

The missing driver was identified after his driving licence and PAN card resurfaced on the turbulent muddy river.

An eyewitness said the four-wheeler skidded off the rain-soaked Sevok Road during a negotiation at and rolled down into the river.

The two vacationers from Jaipur reportedly hired an Innova car from Bagdogra airport for Gangok in Sikkim.

A latest report said the strategic Sikkim in the eastern Himalaya today remained cut off after its arterial road connecting Siliguri has been blocked at several points by the falling boulders triggered by rain.

In the Dooars, train services from Siliguri and NJP towards north Bengal districts of Alipurduar and Cooch Behar have been severely affected after rain waters covered tracks at many places.

NFR sources said many trains had been cancelled and a few trains were running via an alternative route. (UNI)