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NE states: 12 dead in floods, landslides

Sinking Mizoram highway.

Sinking Mizoram highway.   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Thousands turn homeless overnight


Floods and landslides induced by torrential rain in the past 48 hours have left 12 people dead and thousands homeless across Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, disaster management officials in these north-eastern states said on Thursday.

While this is the first wave of rain-related disaster in the other States, Tripura experienced pre-monsoon flood and landslide in May that claimed 12 lives – seven in landslides and five in floods.

Assam State Disaster Management Authoritry (ASDMA) officials said one person drowned near Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat district on Thursday. Two others lost their lives in landslide that damaged 166 houses at Mahur in Dima Hasao district.

“At least 370 villages have been submerged in seven districts, displacing 166,836 people. National and State Disaster Response Force teams rescued 422 people, mostly in southern Assam. We have set up 115 relief camps in Karimganj, Hailakandi, Karbi Anglong and Golaghat districts for 35,927 inmates,” an ASDMA spokesperson said.

Landslide on railway track in Lumding-Badarpur hill section in Assam.

Landslide on railway track in Lumding-Badarpur hill section in Assam.   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

In southern Assam’s Barak Valley, some highways are under water. Ferry services have been suspended in Barak, Kushiyara and other rivers affecting more than 30,000 passengers.

“We have had to suspend train services on the Lumding-Badarpur hill section because of landslide at five places in Dima Hasao district. Restoration work has been completed in three of the five locations,” Pranav Jyoti Sharma, spokesperson of Northeast Frontier Railway, said.

In Manipur, Chief Minister N.Biren Singh said five people have drowned in the devastating flood, primarily due to several breaches on embankments of rivers flowing down from the hills into Imphal Valley. The victims include a minor boy.

“We are trying to provide relief to thousands of displaced and stranded people,” Mr. Singh said.

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