Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Even as the flooding of Khawthlangtuipui river in Tlabung sub-division area in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district bordering Bangladesh is gradually subsiding, many dwelling houses are still under water, sources from Tlabung said Sunday.
A Tlabung based journalist Vanlalhriatpuia Khiangte said at least 30 houses were swept away and over 70 others have been completely damaged in Tlabung sub-division area by the flash floods caused by incessant rains since June 12.
He said that over 650 houses in many villages within Tlabung sub-division area were inundated by the swelling of Khawthlangtuipui river and over 40 houses are still flooded. Apart from dwelling houses, school buildings, church buildings, indoor stadium, ICDS centres, waiting sheds, VC houses, slaughter houses and some tea stalls have also been submerged by the flood, he said.
The water level has crossed 50 feet beyond the danger mark.
Khiangte said that at least nine houses in Tlabung town were swept away and 13 others have been completely damaged by the flash floods. Over 228 dwelling houses in the town were submerged during the peak of the flood, he added.
He said that over 1500 families within Tlabung sub-division have been affected by the flood caused by inundation of Khawthlangtuipui river.
The flooding of Khawthlangtuipui river has also submerged some boats, paddy fields and border outposts, Khiangte said, adding the water level has been gradually receding.
The evacuated families were shifted to community halls, school buildings, MSU offices, bazar buildings, temples and government buildings, he also said.
While some of the victim families have re-occupied their house, many still live in community halls as their houses need to be repaired, he added.
According to Khiangte, state health department and 159 battalion of Border Security Force (BSF), who are guarding the border took out rescue operation and provided free medical aid to the flood victims. The salvation Army also gave aid to the flood victims, he said.
The flooding of Khawthlangtuipui river also wreaked havoc in Tlabung area disrupting power supply and drinking water supply. Many educational institutions have also been closed for one week as either being submerged by water or occupied by the evacuated families. The flash floods preceded by landslide also resulted in the death of ten people in the area.
Khiangte said that people in Tlabung area faced drinking water crisis as water supply was disrupted in the area due to flooding of Khawthlangtuipui river.
He said that the BSF has reacted fast to the situation by providing drinking water to villagers in all parts of the area.
Rescue operation is on full swing by NGOs, government officials and security personnel, he added.
Meanwhile, a Tlabung based Young Chakma Association (YCA) called community work on Monday to repair and re-construct houses that have been damaged by the flash floods.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla had earlier told a press conference that a High Level Committee headed by Home Minister R. Lalzirliana has been set up to assess the flood situation in the state, while the central government also assured aid to flood ravaged Mizoram and other Northeastern states.