Ten swept away in Mizoram river; downpour hits three districts

Ten swept away in Mizoram river; downpour hits three districts

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju tweeted that MHA is monitoring the heavy flood situations in Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh & other States for necessary help.

“At least 350 houses have been damaged in Tlabung by the flash floods and landslides that occurred since Monday evening, with local authorities confirming the death of ten persons so far”. “Apart from Lunglei, Aizawl and Serchhip districts have been affected with nearly 450 houses either submerged or damaged by floods and landslides”, Mizoram’s health minister Lal Thanzara said.

Church, indoor stadium, ICDS centre, waiting shed, village council house, meat market, restaurants and playground were among those inundated by waters in Tlabung town. Power supply lines have snapped and telecommunication network remained disrupted in the state capital due to landslides and heavy rains.

Over 400 hectares of farmland with standing crops have been inundated due to incessant rains in the three districts.

Vehicles wade through water logging National Highway in Guwahati after heavy showers on June 13, 2017.

“The rescue team have safely evacuated over 110 families from the area”, the official said. “We have set up five relief camps immediately at various locations in Guwahati and started distributing relief materials to people at these camps”, said Mr Angamuthu while clarifying that incessant rain that began on Tuesday morning has blocked the two main arterial routes in the city, triggering traffic congestion and submerging several localities.

In Vairengte, which lies in the Kolasib district, intense rain and flash floods have submerged over 75 houses. Sonowal has directed the district administration and other agencies to strictly monitor the situation and take prompt measures as deemed fit. So far, some 40,000 people across 39 villages in four districts have been affected by flood while there has been no casualty apart from the three deaths in Guwahati on Tuesday. The hill state has been witnessing incessant rain and resultant landslides in various parts since Sunday. Rain and thunder shower is predicted at many places over South Odisha and some districts in Northen region may also get rain, it said. In Meghalaya, a Disaster Management Authority official said all districts have been alerted following a warning from the MeT department about heavy rains in the state.