Twenty people were killed in a landslide triggered by heavy incessant rain at Zoumoal village in Manipur’s Chandel district today, police said. Superintendent of Police of Chandel district Herojit Singh said 20 people were killed in the landslide at the village under Khangbarol sub-division of the district.
The SP said that a police team has been sent to the spot which is located near Indo-Myanmar border. Police reinforcements reached the area and were trying to remove the rubble to find the missing people, the officer said.
T.S. Warngam, a vice president of the United Naga Council, a civil society organization, said that 20 villagers were feared to have been swept away by the landslide and that one villager was rescued.
Moderate to heavy rainfall in the last few days has increased the water levels of several rivers, which are flowing above the danger mark. As a result, many parts of Thoubal and adjoining Chandel districts are partly submerged, while residents have been moved to relief camps. In capital Imphal, the low-lying areas and it’s outskirts are completely inundated.
Meanwhile, swollen rivers in southern Mizoram rendered about hundred families homeless while one house was swept away by swirling Chhimtuipui, officials said. Two houses were also vacated by the inhabitants in Darzokai village, on the banks of the Chhimtuipui river who took shelter in the village community hall.
Flood in the Khawthlangtuipui river on the Bangladesh border submerged around 30 houses rendering around 70 families homeless, administration officials of southern Mizoram Lunglei district said. Submerged houses included a waiting shed constructed to commemorate the arrival of the pioneer missionaries – Rev. J.H. Lorraine and Rev. F.W. Savidge – by boat in southern part of Mizoram ages back, the officials said.
(with inputs from AP)
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