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Over 500 families evacuated as floods worsen in Mizoram

Border Security Force undertakes rescue operation in Tlabung

Aizawl: At least 576 families have been evacuated to safer places across Mizoram as massive floods and landslides, triggered by heavy and incessant monsoon rains continued to lash the state with fury, state Disaster Management and Rehabilitation department officials said on Wednesday.

While 509 families have been evacuated due to the flooding of river Khawthlangtuipui, which inundated Bangladesh border Tlabung sub-town of south Mizoram’s Lunglei district and surrounding villages, 5 families were shifted out of their homes due to landslides.

Tlabung sub-division is so far the hardest hit by the monsoon havoc which ravages the low-lying areas adjoining Bangladesh.

Reports from Tlabung said that the flood entered the market on Wednesday morning, but again receded due to a little respite in the downpour later.

According to the reports from the Lunglei district administration, there are landslides at 35 places blocking several roads of which 7 blockades have been cleared, while cracks and sinking of soil have been reported from 7 places in the district.

At least 11 villages, apart from Tlabung sub-town have been adversely affected by the flood.

An emergent meeting convened by Lunglei district deputy commissioner Ramdinliani, who is also the chairperson of the District Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday deliberated on how to speedily restore frequent blockade of National Highway no. 54 and 302 by landslides.

Meanwhile, in the neighbouring Lawngtlai district, rising river Tuichawng continues to inundate Kamalanagar sub-town, headquarters of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) within Chawngte town where 45 families have been evacuated to safe places.

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

Collapse of a four-storied building above the National Highway no, 54 at Vaivakawn Zohnuai locality in Aizawl early Wednesday morning again blocked the highway with debris.

Even when the NH, which is also an approach road to the lone Lengpui airport, was not blocked by landslides, it has remained closed for days as the building above the highway posed perpetual threat to vehicles and commuters travelling on the road. 

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