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Watch: Massive landslide disrupts traffic in Darjeeling
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Published on Jul 11, 2019


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Darjeeling (West Bengal), July 11 (ANI):
A massive landslide disrupted NH 10 at Sevoke area which connects West Bengal to Sikkim. Traffic was affected adversely and people are waiting for action by Public Works Department (PWD) to clear the highway. According to an eyewitness, “It’s really unfortunate to see the vehicles waiting in queues to cross the way and there is no way of crossing the road until the rainfall stops.”
 

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Watch: Army jawans rescue people stuck in flood in Assam’s Chirang
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Chirang (Assam), Jul 11 (ANI): Following heavy rainfall, parts of Assam have been flooded. Indian Army personnel in Chirang conducted rescue operation. 39 locals stuck in floods were brought to safety with Army’s assistance.
 

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Laxman Jhula closed for public
ANI | Updated: Jul 12, 2019 18:18 IST


Dehradun (Uttrakhand) [India], July 12 (ANI):
Laxman Jhula, the nearly century-old suspension bridge across the Ganges in Rishikesh, was closed on Friday by the local administration citing weak structure due to old age and high tourist footfall.
Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash said "From 12th July onwards, the bridge has been closed for the general public. The bridge was constructed in 1923 and now, due to high tourist footfall, the condition of Laxman Jhula is not optimal. Moreover, one of the towers is also distressed."
The closure of the bridge is a precautionary step taken by the administration due to the possibility of accidents as the bridge was operating well over capacity.
A report by Design Tech Structural Consultant said that most of the bridge parts/components are in "fail and collapse" condition. The report has recommended that the bridge should not be permitted for pedestrian movement with immediate effect.
"It is highly recommended that this bridge should be closed with immediate effect: otherwise any big miss happening may take place at any time." the report added.
Laxman Jhula is a 450 feet long iron suspension bridge constructed over Ganga river in the city of Rishikesh. It is one of the landmarks of the city. According to mythology, Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama, crossed the river on jute ropes at the place where the bridge is currently built. (ANI)



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