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Over 250 families evacuated due to floods in Mizoram-Bangladesh border

Aizawl: At least 254 families have been evcuated from 267 houses to safe places in Bangladesh border Tlabung sub-town and surrounding villages in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district as of Tuesday morning, official reports said.

The reports said that of 254 families evacuated, 252 families were shifted to safer places due to the swollen water of river Khawthlangtuipui, also known as ‘Karnaphuli’ while two families were evacuated due to landslides.

The evacuated families are lodged in temporary relief camps arranged by the Lunglei district administration and being supervised by the SDO (Civil) of Tlabung Sub-Division.

School buildings, community halls, market sheds, vacant buildings, church residential quarters and even Hindu mandirs and Buddhist temples are being used as temporary shelters by the district administration in coordination with the local village councils and civil societies.

Official reports said that 66 families have been evacuated in Tlabung while 47, 42 and 35 families have been evacuated from their homes in Tipperaghat, Silgur and Tuichawng villages while 3 persons were stranded in a boat near Lamthai village where 26 families have been evacuated.

Tlabung and surrounding areas have been powerless for a number of days due to transmission lines being snapped by fallen trees and landslides at different places.

Lawngtlai district also remained cut off from the rest of the state with a number of landslides blocking the National Highway No. 54 at many places and Lunglei district SP prohibited travelling towards Lawngtlai and Siaha district.

Rising river Tuichawng inundated Kamalanagar sub-town, headquarters of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) within Chawngte town in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, where 45 families have been evacuated to safe places while prices of essential commodities are skyrocketing due to the disaster and dilapidated road conditions between Lunglei town and Tlabung.

In Lawngtlai-III neighbourhood of Lawngtlai town, 17 families are being evacuated due to the soil of the area being sinking.

Meanwhile, meeting of the Mizoram State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) chaired by state Chief Minister Zoramthanga was held in Aizawl on Tueday to take stock of disasters being faced across the state due to heavy and incessant monsoon downpours.

The meeting was informed that works under short-term mitigation plan has been undertaken on the problems caused by perpetual landslides at Vaivakawn Zohnuai locality in the capital Aizawl city.

A plan for permanent restoration of the area has been mooted to ensure long lasting solution by making the National Highway 54, which has been affected by the perennial landslide by making comprehensive long-term plan to be submitted to the National Disaster Management Authority. 

National Highway 54 has remained sealed due to the massive landslides at this location as the landslides continued unabated with a large building perched above the National Highway being on the verge of collapse anytime.

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