AIZAWL, June 13 (zoramobserver.com): At least 173 families in the border town of Tlabung in south Mioram’s Lunglei district bordering Bangladesh and several families in neighbouring villages were evacuated to safer places following the inundation of Khawthlang Tuipui river since Monday, official sources said on Wednesday.
Tlabung town and neighbouring villages like Serhuan, Tipperaghat, Bindasora and Diblibagh have been hit severely by floods triggered by torrential rains since Sunday night.
The official said that three houses have been dismantled in Tlabung town as they are on the verge of being submerged by water.
She said that the water level in Tlabung has not receded although rain has stopped on Wednesday.
She, however, said that the water level could rise any time as rainfall is likely in the next few days.
More than 20 houses have been submerged by water in the town, sources said.
Rescue operation and relief measure are carried out in full swing by State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team, BSF and local volunteers under the leadership of Sub-Division Officer of Tlabung V. Lalmuanpuii.
Clean drinking water, rice bags and other relief aids were provided to the affected people. District administration also sent silpaulin, fuel and other relief aids to the area.
Rescue operation was carried out by SDRF and BSF under the supervision of Lunglei district SDPO K Beihmotaosa, who was appointed incident commander, sources said.
Tlabung town and neighbouring villages had been hit by massive flood in June last year affecting over 1500 families. Over 650 houses were submerged and at least 30 houses were swept away and 70 others completely damaged by the flood.
Meanwhile, water level at Sairang village near Aizawl has receded from Wednesday.
A local leader said that the swelling of Tlawng river has begun to subside from Wednesday morning and majority of the affected families have re-occupied their houses.
On Tuesday, over 20 families were evacuated to safer places due to flooding of Tlawng river.
The leader, however, said that the situation is still uncertain as water level could rise due to rains which are likely to happen on the next day.