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Landslide and flood wreaks havoc in Mizoram, 12 dead, 877 houses damaged in 10 days

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Landslide and flood wreaks havoc in Mizoram, 12 dead, 877 houses damaged in 10 days

Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Mizoram, being a hilly state, has since the past one week, become disaster prone area vulnerable to landslide due to torrential rains. Though a landlocked and hilly state, it is not free from flood as well, as vast areas have been under water due to the flooding of rivers.

The catastrophe caused by landslide and flash floods this time is not just a mere incident or sight as officials claimed that it is the first landslide and flood triggered catastrophe that has ever happened in Mizoram’s history.

So far at least 12 people have died and 877 buildings destroyed due to landslide and flood triggered by incessant rains that lashed the hilly state since June 9, an official report said on Monday.

The record maintained by state Disaster Management and Rehabilitation department since June 9 said that at least ten people including a 3 year old boy have died in Tlabung sub-division area in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district, while one person each died in Aizawl and Serchhip districts during the past 10 days due to massive landslide and flash floods.

As many as 877 houses have been damaged by landslide and flood triggered by incessant rainfall and of these 220 were either badly or completely damaged, while 657 houses were partially damaged by flood and landslide, official report also said.

Lunglei district was the worse hit with 165 houses being completely damaged and 299 partially damaged, followed by Lawngtlai district where 51 houses were completely destroyed and 280 partially damaged. Besides, 4 houses in Siaha district were also completely destroyed by landslide, official report said.

In Aizawl district, 65 houses were partially damaged, while 14 houses in Mamit district and 9 in Serchhip district were also partially damaged by landslide and heavy rains.

The flood also damaged 137 hectares of cultivated areas in different parts of the state and 62 fish ponds in Kolasib district.

Unofficial sources also said that over 2000 families have been affected by flood and landslide and over 30 houses have been swept away by flash floods in Tlabung sub-division area near Bangladesh border.

The state government on last Wednesday set up a High Level Committee headed by Home Minister R. Lalzirliana to assess the flood situation.

Meanwhile, some NGOs including Mizo Zaimi Insuikhawm (MZI), Mumbai based Getto, Delhi based NGO Goonj and the Salvation Army international headquarters in London are raising funds in aid of Mizoram flood victims.

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Co-Editor, Zoramobserver.com. 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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