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12 dead in Mizoram landslides, flood in 9 days

Monday, 19 June 2017 13:49
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6 killed in Meghalaya landslides

Aizawl, June 18: At least 12 people have died and 877 buildings destroyed in Mizoram due to landslide and flood triggered by incessant rains lashing the state since June 9, an official report said today.

While 10 persons died in south Mizoram's Lunglei district, one person each died in Aizawl and Serchhip districts during the past nine days, said the state Disaster Management and Rehabilitation department report.

Altogether 165 buildings were destroyed and 299 houses damaged by landslide, mudslide and flood in Lunglei, followed by Lawngtlai district where 51 houses were destroyed.

The flood also damaged 137 hectares of cultivated areas and 62 fish ponds.

Meanwhile, the death toll in the massive landslide in Meghalaya's Ri-Bhoi district has mounted to 6.

Other eight have been injured in these natural calamities, who have been admitted in the hospital.

The disaster that took place on Saturday was triggered by incessant rain in the region, for the past few days.

It is suspected that more people are feared to be trapped under the debris.

Rescue operations are underway at the site.

In another landslide at Mawjrong in East Khasi Hills district one child was killed yesterday, a delayed report said. The parents of the victim escaped with minor injuries, police said.

The incessant rain in the past 48 hours have triggered several landslides in the state causing extensive damage in several roads. (PTI)


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