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4 children killed in massive landslide in Mizoram

An Assam-type building, in which a seven-member family lived, was swept away by the retaining wall that collapsed due to a landslip, triggered by rains, police said.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: June 12, 2021 1:10:16 pm
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. (Express Photo)

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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