Aizawl (ZoramObserver.com): In a tragic incident, at least two persons were killed in landslide triggered by heavy rains at two separate locations in Mizoram on Saturday.
Sources said that a 29 year old woman was killed when an Assam type building was swept away by massive landslide at Zemabawk area in the north-eastern outskirt of Aizawl. The incident occurred around 4:30 pm on Saturday when landslide caused by flash flood due to heavy rains swept away a one-storey building belonged to one Lawmthara, a church elder of Evangelical Free Church of India (EFCI).
More than 12 inmates were present at the time of incident and the victim Laldinpuii along with her 7 months old infant Richard Malsawmliana were in the ground floor. Although other inmates escaped unhurt or with minor injury, the mother and her child were buried under debris which took local volunteers to take two hours to rescue them. They were rushed to nearby Green Wood hospital where Laldinpuii succumbed to her injury around 7 in the evening, sources said.
The victim was the daughter in law of Lawmthara. She is survived by her husband Lalneikhuma and four children.
The child is being treated at Synod hospital, Durtlang, Aizawl and his condition is stated to be out of critical.
On being informed about the tragic incident, Aizawl East –I assembly constituency MLA and deputy speaker R. Lalrinawma and other officials rushed to the spot and condoled the victim family. The deputy speaker also promised ex-gratia payment and other rehabilitation to the victim family for their lost.
Over thousand people assembled to mourn the deceased Laldinpuii during her last funeral held at YMA hall in Zemabawk on Sunday. She was laid to rest at Zemabawk cemetery in the afternoon.
In another incident, a young man was killed in an earthfall near Khumtung village in central eastern Mizoram’s Serchhip district on Saturday.
The victim was identified as Maruata of Dawrpui Vengthar locality in Aizawl.
Sources said that the victim and his friend Lallawmawma were travelling in pik-up truck when an earthfall triggered by heavy rains suddenly occurred and buried them under. Other travellers who came behind them heard their scream and asked help from the villagers of Khumtung. Paying their best effort, local volunteers rescued Lallawmawma from the debris, while Maruata died on the spot, sources added.
Sources also said that heavy rains that lashed Mizoram on Saturday evening caused landslide at several places in the state damaging houses and blocking highways.