Updated: June 12, 2021 1:10:16 pm
Four minors — two teenagers, aged 16 and 15, and two children, aged 5 and 3— were killed in a rain-induced landslide in Mizoram’s capital, Aizawl on Friday night. “The incident happened around 10:30 pm in the Thuampui neighbourhood, following a day of heavy, incessant rainfall,” said Dr Lalhriatzuali Ralte, Deputy Commissioner, Aizawl district.
She said that the family lived in a two-floored ‘Assam-type’ house, which fell when the retaining wall adjacent to it collapsed due to a landslide.
While the adults — including the 75-year-old head of the family, Lalbiakzuala—managed to escape, sustaining minor injuries, the children were buried alive, DC Ralte said. Three bodies were recovered last night itself, and one — the body of the 16-year-old — recovered only at 4 AM on Saturday morning.
DC Ralte said that an ex-gratia amount to the next of kin of the deceased will be released. The rescue operation was carried out by a joint team of police and local volunteers.
Rain-induced landslides are very common in urban areas in the hill-state of Mizoram because houses are built very close to each other. The members of the other family, which resided on the ground floor of the building, managed to escape.
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