Eight persons were buried alive as at least 13 houses collapsed and slid down a deep gorge at Ramhlun Venglai in Aizawl city in Mizoram in the small hours of Saturday, following torrential rains in the past few days. .

By late evening, six bodies were retrieved. Volunteers, firefighters and policemen are rummaging through debris to search for the other two bodies. Officials said the death toll might go up as some persons were not accounted for. Eleven persons were seriously wounded in the house collapse.