Ten Swept Away in Mizoram River; Downpour Hits Three Districts

Elias Hubbard
June 27, 2017

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla yesterday set up a high-level committee chaired by state Home minister R Lalzirliana to assess the flood situation in the state where eight persons have died. While three bodies have been recovered, search was on for the seven others.The flooding Khawthlang Tuipui river (also known as Karnaphuli) inundated 350 houses within the sub-division, including 121 houses in Tlabung town.About 130 families have been sheltered in community halls and schools.

In Manipur, both Nambol and Imphal rivers have breached, causing flash floods in Imphal valley.Mizoram remained cut-off from the rest of the country for the second day today due to landslides, people familiar with the matter said.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority or ASDMA has issued flood alerts in at least five districts - Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang Dhemaji and Karimganj.

About a dozen people have been feared killed since Tuesday evening as incessant rain continues to lash the North East. Officials estimated that 10 people died after a three-storey building collapsed after a landslide in the Lunglei district of Mizoram, and two others were killed by electrocution in Guwahati.

In the state capital, Aizawl, at least 100 families residing in 50 buildings were made to evacuate and move to higher ground as water levels of the Tlawng river rose.

Officials said National Highway 306, the state's lifeline running from the northern to the southern end, has been cut off at many places due to landslides. In Assam, three people were killed in rain-related accidents while almost 13,000 people from four districts were displaced.

NNN further reported that over 500 volunteers of Young Mizo Association (YMA) have swung into action to help the distressed people. So far, some 40,000 people across 39 villages in four districts have been affected by flood while there has been no casualty apart from the three deaths in Guwahati on Tuesday.

The capital Guwahati also suffered extensive submergence due to water logging.

The district administration has declared a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased, an official release today said. The hill state has been witnessing incessant rain and resultant landslides in various parts since Sunday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted more rains in the coming days. "The state's disaster management authorities have taken all measures to evacuate the affected and provide relief to them", ruling Congress spokesperson David Sangliana said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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