Updated: August 27, 2015 7:37:05 pm
Heavy rainfall between Wednesday evening and pre-dawn Thursday in and around hilly Mizoram’s capital Aizawl wreaked havoc by causing landslides that blocked internal city roads at more than half a dozen locations.
The landslides also damaged as many houses and dislodged, and in some cases swept away, about 160 graves in three graveyards within the city.
National Highway 54, the state’s lifeline, has also been blocked in several places, including at Kawnpui town and on the outskirts of Aizawl where, besides a major landslide, about half the highway along a several metre stretch fell away. This created a major traffic bottleneck and necessitated a major diversion of both passenger vehicles and those ferrying goods.
Landslides have also blocked the state highway which links the rest of the state to eastern Champhai district, which hosts the main route to Myanmar, in several places.
Numerous vehicles plying the route from both directions have been stranded along the 150 km stretch between Seling and Champhai towns, and authorities say clean-up operations will take at least two or three days.
Officials of the state’s Disaster Management and Rehabilitation department led by Minister Ngunlianchunga visited affected areas within the city Thursday, handing out silpaulin sheets (large waterproof sheets used to cover slopes) and giving monetary assistance to volunteers assisting personnel of the State Disaster Response Force and several police battalions in clean-up operations.
The rains, which have been continuing almost unabated – sometimes not stopping for days at a time – since June have caused numerous landslides and flooding of rivers and streams across the state, causing damage and complicating transport routes.
In some cases, several clusters of villages have been cut off while some habitations in low-lying areas have been partially submerged by flood-waters.
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