Floods in North-East India; Death toll climbs to 14

RSTV Bureau
Guwahati: A rickshaw puller wades through a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Guwahati, Assam on Wednesday. The government has ordered closure of all government and private schools and colleges. PTI Photo

Guwahati: A rickshaw puller wades through a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Guwahati, Assam on Wednesday. The government has ordered closure of all government and private schools and colleges. PTI Photo

North-East India has been battling incessant rains and flash floods for the past three days and so far 14 people have died because of the rains. Mizoram is said to be the worst-hit state in the region.

The whole of south Mizoram – Serchhip, Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Siaha districts and eastern Champhai district bordering Myanmar remained cut off from the rest of the country for the third day today due landslides at many places.

The swollen Khawthlangtuipui river has submerged over 350 houses in Tlabung sub-division in Lunglei where eight persons died in the flash floods on Tuesday.

Authorities said that over 2,000 families were affected by the floods. Landslides at several places in Aizawl city prompted the state government authorities to evacuate over 50 buildings and shift around 100 families. Around 10 buildings submerged in the swelling waters of the Tlawng river.

Power supply lines snapped and telecommunication network remained disrupted in the state capital.

Hailakandi: Locals collect firewood during the flash floods triggered by incessant rains for the last three days in Hailakandi district of Assam on Thursday. PTI Photo

Hailakandi: Locals collect firewood during the flash floods triggered by incessant rains for the last three days in Hailakandi district of Assam on Thursday. PTI Photo

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has set up a high-level committee to assess the flood situation in the state where eight persons have died.

In Assam, the districts of Lakhimpur, Darrang and Hailakandi have been hit by floods affecting nearly 14,000 people in 39 villages there, a report from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

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

Rescue boats were pressed into service and about 400 marooned people were rescued. Relief material was also being distributed among the people.

In Guwahati, a day after three persons died due to electrocution and drowning after heavy rains lashed the city, the Kamrup Metropolitan District Magistrate ordered probe into the deaths.

The district administration declared a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased, an official release said.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed the district administration, GMC, water resources department, PWD and other agencies to take prompt action.

The release said more than 2,000 people were affected due to landslides and waterlogging in the city.

In Arunachal Pradesh, incessant rains over the past few days have thrown life out of gear with water level of all major rivers and their tributaries rising. The MeT office here has predicted more rains in the state in the coming days.

(With inputs from agencies)