Over 400 houses submerged, 8 killed while several others missing in disastrous Mizoram floods
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 14-Jun-2017

Aizawl, June 14: As monsoon has been hitting hard this year, North East has become the victim of it. In a tragic incident, over 400 houses have been submerged due to incessant rains throughout the Northeast. Till now at least eight people have been killed and six are missing after flash floods caused by heavy rainfall wreaked havoc in Tlabung in Mizoram’s Lunglei district.

An official of the Department of Disaster Management and Rehabilitation, Mizoram, said, "So far, three bodies have been recovered while seven are still trapped in the rubble. The three have been identified as Biro Botro, 55, Daria, 62, and Rai Mahinko, 50. All the victims are from Lunglei district in South Mizoram. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the administration to remain ready for any emergency.

"Another major landslide occurred near Vaivakawn, about 5km from Aizawl, at 5.30 this evening, blocking National Highway 54 which connects Aizawl to Lengpui airport. The landslide damaged a truck and two small vehicles, including one of the disaster management and rehabilitation departments."

National Highway 54, which links the state with Assam, has been cut off at different places due to landslides in Lunglei, Siaha, Lawngtlai, Serchhip and Champhai districts, officials said.

Hundreds of houses went under water, the impact of which was severe due to water flowing down from the nearby hills. Knee-deep water flooded all major roads of the city and created havoc in traffic management. Commuters were stranded for hours due to water logging.

“I have asked to set up five relief camps immediately at various locations in Guwahati. We have already started distributing relief materials to people at these identified places,” said M. Angamuthu, the Kamrup Metropolitan Deputy Commissioner. “We have started distributing food items, drinking water and medicines to affected people. We will continue to provide all support till water recedes and people go back to their homes,” he added.