Aizawl: V Lalrinkimi, 12, is completely shattered. The Class VII student of Presbyterian English School in Durtlang saw her mother die right next to her in their ground-floor flat when the building came down like a pack of cards.
While Lalrinkimi got lucky, her mother, Sainghinglovi (52), died — along with two others — when three blocks of a housing complex built under the Union government’s Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme at Durtlang Leitan near Aizawl, Mizoram collapsed due to a massive landslide on Tuesday evening.
Lalrinkimi broke down several times when this reporter asked her to recall what happened on that fateful night. She mentioned that she was stuck for over 4 hours before she was rescued. She could hear voices from outside and rescuers could hear her voice too. But they could not easily remove her. Her mother died right beside her.
According to doctors attending to her at Synod Hospital in Durtlang, Lalrinkimi’s left hand got burnt, left leg stitched and she has a swollen waist. She’s also suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the doctors added.
Lalrinkimi’s brother, Lalrohlua Vanchhawng (30), also hurt his left leg during the incident.
They belong to a poor family. While her mother was a housewife, her dad, V Lalrodawnga, is a casual worker doing odd jobs here and there. They have been living at the housing complex since last year.
Meanwhile, nine others are undergoing treatment at the Synod Hospital. Besides Sainghinglovi, the other two deceased have been identified as Lalnunfeli (13) and Lalpeksanga (8).
In all, 18 families were affected after three building blocks collapsed around 6 on Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday morning, Mizoram CM 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.