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As per the handbook, 17 people died in 2017-2018 due to natural calamities, which is much less than the death toll of 2016-2017 standing at 28
As per the handbook, 17 people died in 2017-2018 due to natural calamities, which is much less than the death toll of 2016-2017 standing at 28|Representational Image
MIZORAM

Mizoram: Natural calamities claim 45 lives in two years

Landslide claimed the highest toll at 27, as per the recently-released ‘Statistical Handbook’ for the state

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: At least 45 people have died due to various natural disasters or calamities in the state over the past two years, with landslide claiming the highest toll at 27, as per the Statistical Handbook, Mizoram 2018.

The recently released handbook said 17 people died in 2017-2018 due to natural calamities, which is much less than the death toll of 2016-2017, standing at 28.

Of the 17 people who died during 2017-2018, 11 were killed in landslide, two in cyclone, three due to flood, while lightening claimed one life, the report said.

Over the years, the state has been affected by several types of natural calamities. At least 208 villages were affected by floods, damaging more than 740 homes of which 130 were completely damaged and 603 partially damaged during 2017-2018.

Up to 558 houses in 200 villages were destroyed by cyclone, while landslide occurred in 174 villages, causing damage to 267 dwelling houses. 67 houses were gutted by fire in 146 villages during the same period.

Altogether, 811 villages across the state have been affected and about 1,800 houses destroyed by various types of natural disasters during 2017-2018, the report said.

During 2016-2017, landslide killed 16 and seven people died due to flood. Three died due to lightening and one each by cyclone and fire.