Kohima: Landslides triggered by incessant rain in Nagaland led to the death of a person in Zunheboto district after a vehicle carrying two passengers slid 10 ft below the national highway.
The incident happened around 1:30 am on Wednesday after the vehicle carrying a father-son duo was stuck in the muddy road around 11:00 pm.
Speaking with EastMojo over telephone, Zunheboto SP Uniel Kichu said that the father-son duo was returning from Dimapur and was on their way to Thakiye village under Zunheboto district. The incident happened along the national highway between Kilomi village and Xuivi village under Satakha sub-division of Zunheboto district.
The officer informed that the people from the nearby villages also assisted the police in clearing the debris and recovered the deceased and the injured person in the morning. Although the person has injuries on the leg, he is said to be out of danger.
The injured person, who is in his 50’s was shifted to Zunheboto after a first-aid treatment was given at the Satakha Primary Health Centre (PHC). The body of the deceased was taken back to the native village at Thakiye village via Aghunato-Kiphire.
The officer said that the particular stretch where the landslide happened is prone to mudslides. He informed that the road has been cleared for vehicular movement.
He said that due to incessant rains, mudslides and landslides have been occurring in parts of the district leading to damage and loss of properties. The national highway along where the tragic incident happened is also said to be under the process of a two-lane road construction.
He also said that the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) had visited the site to inspect the ground situation.