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By A Newsman

Siliguri, 15 August: FIVE Indian workers, including those from West Bengal, are feared dead after they got trapped under the debris of a landslide on Friday at Trongsa district in Bhutan located 217 km from Siliguri.

According to Bhutan government officials, they were part of a 15-member group who were working at the Mangdechu hydropower dam in Trongsa where the landslide occurred on Friday morning.

Contacted over the matter, West Bengal youth services and housing minister Arup Biswas said, he has not been apprised of the matter by anyone yet. “If someone can offer us some details as to the identity and address of the workers, we will swiftly get into action,” Mr Biswas told Newsmen adding that he would try to fetch information through government channels as well.

Bhutan officials said that the workers were carrying out some wielding work in a pit of the dam when huge mud and debris suddenly rolled down over them. While ten of the workers managed to come out of the debris, the remaining five got trapped inside.

The five workers hail from West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar but the Bhutan authorities were yet to ascertain their identity. Recovering them from under the huge debris is getting hampered due to inclement weather and apprehension of further landslides at the site, they said.