Flash Flood & Lanslides in North Eastern States leaves 13,000 affected

Swaroop Sharma | Editor (Northeast) newscaptured.com

A persistent rainfall in North Eastern Region of India affecting the states of Seven Sisters in the North East activated flash floods and landslides in Mizoram on Wednesday, killing 8 inhabitants and leaving over 2,000 families displaced. It is not just Mizoram, the onset of the monsoon and has inflicted mayhem in other northeastern states as well.

In Assam, three people were killed in rain-related accidents while nearly 13,000 people from four districts were displaced. All three deaths, reported from state capital Guwahati, were a result of electrocution. Rains sustained to stroke the city, an investigation has been ordered into the deaths and the government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the victims’ and their families. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who took standard of the situation yesterday, directed authorities to act promptly on the same.

Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and state Home Minister R Lalzirliana, was held to take stock of the situation, reported as a high – level meeting was called for examining the situation.  After three days of incessant rainfall, Khawthlangtuipui river ruptured its capacity yesterday, leaving over 350 houses in the Tlabung sub-division in Lunglei submerged under water.

Meanwhile, in the state capital, Aizawl, at least 100 families resident in 50 buildings were made to evacuate and move to higher ground as water levels of the Tlawng river rose. Power supply and communication lines remain down. Till now death toll is 3  in Guwahati city, 13,000 affected across North Eastern States. Imphal, the capital of Manipur, water levels of Imphal River and Nambuk River are reported to be perilously high. Many people along the banks of the rivers have been evacuated. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.

Reported from Arunachal Pradesh, normal life was stopped due to heavy rainfall this week. All major rivers and tributaries in the state are on the rise. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted more rains in the coming days

Rescue operations due to rains have been delayed in many places, as the government officials have not received any reports from the ground level. South Mizoram, namely Serchhip, Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Siaha districts and eastern Champhai district bordering Myanmar, remained cut off from the rest of the country on Wednesday due to landslides. State team – State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) deployed 10 boats to the worst hit districts to conduct relief and rescue operations. In Meghalaya, an alert has been sounded by the Disaster Management Authority. The IMD too issued a warning of heavy rains in the state.

Reported from state Tripura the two mighty rivers – Khowai and Howra are flowing with its mighty strength displacing approx. 2000 families. This heavy monsoon has disrupted the lives when the houses of the common Tripura inhabitants were washed away. Since the south west monsoon is active in these eight north eastern states for four long months starting from June – Sept which is going to bring troubling waters in the lives of the citizens from North Eastern States.

Swaroop Sharma | Editor (Northeast) newscaptured.com





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