Aizawl: “If I were a teacher, I will maintain myself to be exemplary for the students…I will not diverse [divide them]…I will look [at] them equally”, wrote Lalnunfeli for her school annual magazine this year. The 13-year-old girl was among the three who lost their lives due to a building collapse near Aizawl in Mizoram on Tuesday evening.
Heavy downpour in the region for the past few days triggered a massive landslide in Durtlang Leitan area, which crumbled three blocks of a housing complex built under the state government’s Basic Services for Urban Poor Programme (BSUP).
Lalnunfeli was a class VII student at Ton’s Memento School in Aizawl, with dreams of becoming a science teacher. Her innocence reflected in her words as she wrote in the magazine, “I will look after my students especially my class. I will not let them study whole the class of the session. I will also let them do fun thing. I will try to make my student to become very good and great person.”
The girl, whose aspirations came crashing down with the housing collapse on Tuesday evening was laid to rest on Wednesday. Her friends and schoolmates attended her funeral earlier in the day.
Minister K Lalrinliana cancelled his tour programme to Serchhip, Hrangturzo, Tuichang and Lengteng assembly constituency on Wednesday to observe the death of the young scholar who wished to be a teacher one day.
Along with Lalnunfeli, Sainghinglovi (52) and Lalpeksanga (8) also lost their lives in the incident. Eleven others were injured and admitted to nearby Synod Hospital in Durtlang for treatment.
According to reports, protective walls were not erected between the building complex and the slopes of the hills, which resulted in the damages to life and property.
On Wednesday morning, Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga inspected the site of building collapse at Durtlang and visited the injured survivors at Synod Hospital. He also visited the makeshift relief centre at MC Hall. Later on, geologists visited the site for inspection as disaster management teams carried out operations.