Rains trigger landslides, floods across Mizoram

Rains trigger landslides, floods across Mizoram
People use boats in light of floods that ravaged several areas of Mizoram on June 12. (Photo by Henry L Khojol)


Newmai News Network

Aizawl | June 12

Incessant rains since Sunday night has triggered landslides and flood in various parts of Mizoram.


Officials of the Mizoram Disaster Management & Rehabilitation (DM&R) department said that more than 150 families have been evacuated to safer places as water volume Khawthlangtuipui river in south Mizoram’s Tlabung town in Lunglei district on the Indo-Bangladesh border continues to swell. Reports said that Tlawng river in Sairang village, about 21 km from Aizawl, is also crossing the danger mark.


However, no human casualties have been reported so far.


Heavy rainfall with intermittent gusts continue to hit the whole of Mizoram since last Sunday night wreaking havoc and causing large scale destruction in many parts of the State. About 12 houses have been inundated by water while two houses were completely submerged at Sairang village. The water level continues to rise due to continuous downpour. More houses are likely to be submerged, a local leader of Sairang village told NNN. She said that more than 20 families have been evacuated till Tuesday afternoon.


In Aizawl, normal activities have been partly disrupted, with power lines snapped in many localities. The main route to Lengpui Aiport, formerly called National Higway 54, has been blocked by mudslides at Hunthar locality in Aizawl even as the clearance work is going on, officials sources said. Many state highways and national highways linking Aizawl and other towns have also been blocked by landslides at various places.


A semi-building collapsed on early this morning at Nursery locality in Aizawl. However, the occupants of the house escaped with minor injuries.


In another incident, a car was badly damaged by a rockfall triggered by rains at Chanmari west locality along the NH 54 in Aizawl this morning. Families residing along the highway were evacuated to safer places.


In yet another incident, a building at Chhinga Veng locality in Aizawl was also badly damaged by the slide of a retaining wall this morning. However, there were no casualties, reports added.


In central Mizoram at Serchhip town, two houses were damaged to a great extent by a landslide today, according to the reports. The reports also said that some auto-rickshaws were also damaged when a retaining wall near Old Age Home manned by Salvation Army collapsed on last evening. The reports also said that several parts of Thenzawl town, about 91 km form Aizawl, were submerged by the flooding Lau river. Most parts of Borai village in western Mizoram bordering Tripura was also submerged by the flooding water, the reports added.