Aizawl: Landslides and floods, triggered by incessant rainfall in the past few days, have claimed the lives of three people, besides affecting over 500 families across the state.
Lalengmawii, 5, a resident of Kawlchaw village at Lawngtlai was washed away by a flash flood and her body was recovered on Sunday. Sources also confirmed that a man from Lunglei town drowned on Thursday.
Various branches of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) have been volunteering relentlessly to recover the body of C Lalfakzuala, 53, a resident of Aizawl who drowned in Tlawng river on Thursday.
Over 350 families have been evacuated due to flooding of Khawthlangtuipui river — situated along the India-Bangladesh border — which has been rising at an alarming rate since Friday evening.
At Tlabung town of Lunglei district, over 150 families have been evacuated to a safer place. Regular church services were cancelled on Sunday. Sources also confirmed that 119 families from the neighbouring Serhuan town, 130 families from Tippereghat, eight families from Silkur town and five families from Nunsury-I have been evacuated. Over 300 houses have been submerged by the flooding.
The Lunglei district deputy commissioner confirmed that the road leading to the tourist lodge has been destroyed. All vehicles have been barred from entering.
Massive landslides have blocked the National Highway-54 near Serchhip. The state disaster management teams have been clearing away debris but communication and transportation are hampered due to continuous landslides. Two houses have been destroyed and over 10 families have been evacuated to safer places, sources confirmed.
The Mizoram-Tripura border town of Mamit has been cut off from the rest of the state due to massive landslide at Dapchhuah village.
In Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, over 150 families have been evacuated and 50 houses have been submerged by the flooding at Kamlanagar and neighbouring towns.
The state capital, Aizawl, also witnessed landslides and severe power cuts over the weekend. Landslides destroyed few houses. Heavy downpour disrupted traffic within the city. Sources also confirmed that landslides blocked roads in the neighbouring towns, leaving many commuters stranded.