Aizawl, June 13 (MExN): At least 10 persons were feared killed when they were swept away by surging waters of a river in Mizoram on Tuesday, IANS reported the state police as saying.
The victims were swept away in Carnafulu river in a remote location in Lunglei district, according to the police. While one body was fished out, search is on for the remaining persons, the police added.
The Newmai News Network reported that the overflowing Tlawng and Khawthlangtuipui rivers caused by incessant rainfall have submerged over 400 houses. The hill state has been witnessing incessant rain and resultant landslides in various parts since Sunday.
Government sources said at least three districts of Lunglei, Serchip, and Aizawl have been severely affected by flash floods and landslides triggered by incessant downpour in the past few days.
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.
Landslides and incessant rains have blocked several roads in Aizawl town, and power supply lines were snapped and telecommunication system was disrupted in the state capital.
NNN further reported that over 500 volunteers of Young Mizo Association (YMA) have swung into action to help the distressed people. It was informed that over 138 families have been evacuated to safer places. The affected were shifted to community halls and school building, the NNN report stated.
Over 1500 families in Tlabung sub-division have been affected by the flood, the NNN report added.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had to cancel his scheduled aerial visit to the India-Myanmar border in the state on Tuesday as the chopper carrying him failed to take off due to heavy rain. Singh later reached the Aizawl airport by road and returned to New Delhi, IANS reported.