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Fresh landslide in Serchhip blocks NH-54

Mizoram

Fresh landslide in Serchhip blocks NH-54

Aizawl, June 14: Serchhip town in central Mizoram, about 108  km south of Aizawl was cut off from rest of the country on Thursday due to a massive landslide that blocked National Highway 54.

Sources from Serchhip said that a massive landslide occurred on the national highway sweeping away more than 25 metres length of the road. The incident occurred around 9 in the morning on the outskirt of the town.  There were no human casualties.

“The entire hillock, through which the highway runs, has slid.  It will take some months to rebuild the highway. Several houses have to be evacuated due to mudslides,” Kapliana Pachuau, a senior journalist from Serchhip said.

Meanwhile, the water level of Khawtthlang Tuipui river in Tlabung town in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district bordering Bangladesh has receded by 7 feet on Thursday, officials said.

At least 200 houses in Tlabung sub division have been submerged by the swelling of Khawthlang Tuipui and about 1,000 families have been affected by flash floods.

No human casualties have been reported so far.

The official said that relief and rescue operations are being carried out in full swing and the district administration is giving relief aids to the affected people by distributing rice and drinking water.

On Thursday, about 30 families in Bunghmun village in Lunglei district were evacuated to safer places due to sinking and cracking of land, the official added.

Torrential rainfall that lashed Mizoram since Sunday night has wreaked havoc in the state. Landslides occurred at several places in the state blocking National Highway and state highways.

Many areas and villages like Sairang in Aizawl district, Thenzawl in Serchhip district, Bairabi in Kolasib district and Borai in Mamit district were submerged by flash floods.

On Thursday, YMA volunteers called community service at Sairang village to clean rubble.

Many families have returned to their respective home, which they fled after being inundated by Tlawng river, a local leader told zoramobserver.com.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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