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21 killed in Assam landslips

Incessant rain triggers disaster in the Barak Valley

Twenty-one people were killed and seven injured in a series of landslips due to incessant rain in the Barak Valley of southern Assam early on Tuesday. Many of the victims died in their sleep.

The dead included 10 minors, the youngest being three years old, and four women. Eight were killed in Hailakandi, seven in Cachar and six in Karimganj, officials said. The landslips occurred almost simultaneously in eight locations across four revenue circles in the three districts that make up the valley.

“The affected areas are about a two hours’ drive from Silchar [district headquarters]. Seven of a nine-member family died there, while a woman from a nearby area was admitted to hospital in a serious condition. She is now stable,” Deputy Commissioner, Cachar, Keerthi Jalli said, adding that the district administration had handed over a cheque for Rs. 28 lakh to the survivors of the seven deceased.

State Environment Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, who hails from the Valley, had earlier announced an ex gratia of Rs. 4 lakh for each of those killed. “This is a sad day for us,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.

Apart from shifting the injured, personnel of the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force evacuated 11 people from vulnerable areas. Hailakandi’s Additional Deputy Commissioner R.K. Dam said the houses of two families bore the brunt of the landslips at two locations in the district. Four of the dead were minors.

Till Monday, floods across 11 districts in Assam’s Brahmaputra Valley had killed nine people. There was no casualty on Tuesday. Two people also drowned in Meghalaya in May. A landslide had killed three people — a woman and her two children — in Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang Valley district more than a week ago.

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