Darjeeling - Rescuers were digging through piles of debris to search for survivors after landslides triggered by heavy rain killed at least 30 people across India's famed tea-growing region of Darjeeling, police said on Wednesday.
Some half a dozen people were feared trapped under mounds of mud at the remote Tingling tea estate in Mirik area where rescue teams were struggling to reach those buried.
With bulldozers and other heavy land-moving equipment unable to reach the remote areas, rescuers were using bare hands and some basic tools to remove the debris, an AFP photographer at the scene said.
Overnight landslides also struck homes built on slopes in Kalimpong and Darjeeling in West Bengal state, leaving a trail of destruction in the scenic region.
“Rescuers have so far found 30 bodies - 17 in Mirik, 11 in Kalimpong and two near Darjeeling town,” Darjeeling district police superintendent Amit P Javalgi told AFP by telephone.