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Villages in southern Mizoram affected by floods

Aizawl: Villages in south Mizoram’s Lunglei and Lawngtlai districts bordering Bangladesh are being fully or party inundated by floods triggered by incessant rains with 16 families evacuated to safer places in Tlabung sub-town, Disaster Management Minister Lalchamliana said on Monday.

Lalchamliana said that the Deputy Commissioner of Lunglei district Ramdinliani has undertaken relief works in Tlabung under the supervision of the SDO (Civil), Tlabung.

“I instructed them to take up necessary works with the fund under the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) and if required to ask for fund from the state government under SDRF,” he said.

Reports reaching Aizawl in the afternoon from Tlabung said that 6 houses in nearby Tiperraghat and 4 houses in Nunsury village have also been evacuated to safer places.

The Minister said that he was informed by a team of executive members (EMs) of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) that of 86 villages within the CADC area, 60 villages in the low-lying areas bordering Bangladesh have been partially submerged in the floods due to heavy rains which lashed the state for a number of days in a row.

He said that he has told the EMs to submit details of the devastation to the Deputy Commissioner of Lawngtlai district. 

Reports from CADC said that at least 45 families in Chawngte town have been evacuated to safer places as their homes were being submerged in the rising water of the river Tuichawng.

SDO (Civil) of Chawngte Sub-Division Lalneihthanga Colney said that the evacuated families have been lodged in schools and vacant buildings.

Meanwhile, National Highway no. 54, the lifeline of the state with the rest of the country as well as the approach road to the loan Lengpui airport, remained cut off again from Saturday after collapse of a building above the national highway.

A large number of trucks have been stranded for days due to the blockade as it has been considered as not safe to use the highway in view of another large building on the verge of collapse.

A number of roads and highways have been blocked by massive landslides in different parts of the state including Serchhip town to East Lungdar in central Mizoram’s Serchhip district, Lunglei to Lawngtlai district in south Mizoram.

Power transmission lines were snapped in many places including southern part of Aizawl city which witnessed intermittent power supply on Sunday and Monday while telecommunications lines were also disrupted in many places across the state.

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