Mamata Banerjee visits landslide-hit areas in Darjeeling district

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday visited landslide-hit areas in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, where 38 people were killed.

PTI| Updated: Jul 02, 2015, 19:52 PM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday visited landslide-hit areas in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, where 38 people were killed.

"Visited the spot where landslide was worst. Met families of victims and those affected in the area. Handed over more cheques to families. Distributed relief and visited community centres where affected families are," Banerjee said in a statement.

"The 3 community kitchens are open. Met more people affected there. The Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, DG Police also visited," she said.

Since Tuesday night, heavy rain triggered a string of landslides in the mountainous Darjeeling district of West Bengal, killing at least 38 people, swamping homes, washing away highways and throwing normal life out of gear in the region famed for aromatic tea.

Banerjee had rushed to Siliguri from Murshidabad yesterday also and announced a compensation of Rs four lakh each to the families of the deceased in landslides in Darjeeling Hills.