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An inundated area at Tlabung in Mizoram’s Lunglei district
An inundated area at Tlabung in Mizoram’s Lunglei district|EastMojo image
MIZORAM

Landslides, flood: Cong asks Mizoram govt to sound high alert

The opposition party also demanded hefty compensation for those killed and families whose houses have been damaged by the latest wave of flood, landslides in state

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Opposition Congress on Sunday asked the ruling Mizoram National Front (MNF) government to sound an alert as the state is likely to face more natural calamities ahead.

Mizoram is currently reeling under crisis as incessant rainfall that hit the entire state triggered landslides and flood in different parts of the state.

A statement issued by the Congress said that the government should be prepared as the state is likely to face massive disaster by looking at the present situation. The party also demanded hefty compensation to those killed and families whose houses have been damaged by floods and landslides.

The Congress also expressed regret to the victims.

Two people have been killed and one missing due to flash floods that left more than 300 families homeless in different parts of the state. On Saturday, a five-year-old girl Lalengmawii was swept away by flash floods at Kawlchaw West village in south Lawngtlai district. Her body was recovered on Sunday afternoon, police said.

C Lalfakzuala, 53, a resident of Govt Complex of Aizawl had drowned in a swollen Tlawng river near Aizawl when a bamboo raft he was rowing with two friends capsized on July 11. His body is yet to be recovered.

A man also got swept away by flash floods while collecting crabs in south Mizoram's Lunglei district.

Sources said that more than 300 houses were submerged and over 400 families evacuated due to the flooding of Khawthlangtuipui river in Tlabung area of Lunglei district near Bangladesh border till Sunday.

The water levels are also increasing due to incessant rainfall. More than 50 houses were also inundated by floods at Chawngte in south Mizoram's Lawngtlai district. Over 100 families have been evacuated in the town.

Mizoram is a landslide-prone state. The state was hit by floods in 2017 and 2018.