Guwahati, May 18: In a terrible incident, ten people of Assam were killed due to landslides in districts of Karimganj and Hailakandi in Barak valley. The landslides have occurred due following incessant rains.
Five members of a family were killed in a landslide at Sonachirra in Karimganj district. The landslip, triggered by incessant rains, buried a house on the edge of a hill killing the five people. Among the victims are a man, his wife and their daughter and two sons. The area has been hit by continuous rains for the past three days.
In neighbouring Hailakandi district, two incidents of landslide killed four persons at Bilaipur and a six-year old boy at Ramchandi area, police officials said. The debris fell on two houses where the victims were sleeping early in the morning, they said. NDRF and police have been engaged in rescue and relief operations.
Torrential rains and heavy landslides have disrupted rail services in southern Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram, officials said on Wednesday. "Railway workers have been working round-the-clock to clear the debris in many places in southern Assam's Dima Hasao district. The huge mudslides together with stones covering a large portion of railway tracks at Fidhing and other places are being cleared," a Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) official said.
NFR officials and engineers accompanied by district administration officials camped at the spot, 300 km south of Guwahati, to supervise the clearance work. Due to heavy rains, huge landslides occurred in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section in southern Assam on Monday night.