“The committee would be headed by Home Minister R. Lalzirliana, while Finance Minister Lalsawta and Disaster Management & Rehabilitation Minister C. Ngunlianchunga would be the members. Leaders of some NGOs will also be included in the committee,” Lal Thanhawla said.
Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Wednesday said the state government will form High Level Committee to deal with the prevailing flood situation, landslide and other calamities in the state.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference here, Lal Thanhawla said the committee would be headed by Home Minister R. Lalzirliana, while Finance Minister Lalsawta and Disaster Management & Rehabilitation Minister C. Ngunlianchunga would be the members. Leaders of some NGOs will also be included in the committee, he said.
He said that the committee would deal with the prevailing crisis caused by natural disaster and take up speedy relief measure.
Lal Thanhawla said the government has been taking massive efforts to deal with the prevailing situation. “Rescue operation is in full swing and relief measure would be expedited,” he said, adding that he has also informed the crisis to the central government.
He however, regretted that rescue operation and relief measure could not be expedited as desire due to poor connectivity as many highways have been blocked by landslide and incessant rains.
Expressing condolences to those who lost their precious lives and who have been victimized by natural disaster, Lal Thanhawla said it was the first massive natural disaster ever happened in the state of Mizoram.
“My heart deeply goes to those who lost their precious lives and who have been affected by flood and landslide,” he said.
Lal Thanhawla also told reporters that state disaster management department will extend ex-gratia payment of Rs. 4 lakh to those unfortunate who have lost their lives in the present calamity.
Death toll: Ten
At least ten people have been killed and five others injured when houses were swept away by massive landslide and flash flood caused by incessant rainfall in south Mizoram’s Tlabung area bordering Bangladesh.
Previous report which stated the death toll at eleven was misinformed as officials of State Disaster Management & Rehabilitation department received wrong report.
Vanlalhriatpuia Khiangte, editor of Tlabung Post said that ten people were killed in Marpara South, Changpui and Phairuangkai villages within Tlabung sub- division in Lunglei district near Bangladesh border when swept away by landslide and flash flood. While 6 bodies have been recovered, 4 others are yet to be recovered, sources also said.
Monsoon hit Mizoram after the depression in the Bay of Bengal entered the northeastern region on Monday morning causing incessant rains and flash floods at several places in the hilly state, officials said.
Latest report said that over 530 dwelling houses have been inundated by Tlawng river and Khawthlangtuipui river in Sairang village and within Tlabung area, as the two rivers have become swollen since Monday due to heavy rains.
Khiangte said that over 470 dwelling houses have been submerged by water due to the inundation of Khawthlangtuipui river within Tlabung sub-division and 145 houses in Tlabung village alone. Many localities in the village have also been cut off due to flood, he said.
While the water level at Sairang village is gradually receding, the flood situation in Tlabung area is still grim, sources said.