20 Dead, Several Injured Due To Landslides In South Assam

Barak valley region in southern Assam remains most affected as the deceased are mostly from this particular area.

Guwahati| At least 20 people have succumbed to death due to the series of landslides that took place in Assam today. Barak valley region in southern Assam remains most affected as the deceased are mostly from this particular area. Several people are injured due to the landslides. Rescue teams have been rushed to the affected regions. The area has been experiencing heavy rains for the last couple of days.

Among the deceased people, seven people are from Cachar district, seven from Hailakandi district, and six from Karimganj district. Half of the people amongst the dead are children, government sources said.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has issued immediate orders to the district administration to ramp up rescue and relief operations and provide one-time compensation to the next kin of the diseased.

In Hailakandi district, a massive landslide took place where seven people died, including five members of a family. 5 other injured people have been rescued, as per the sources.

In the neighbouring Cachar district, 7 members from a single family died. Rescue operations are in the process in this area, officials informed.

In Karimganj district’s Rahimpur village, another massive landslide killed six people, five of them from the same family.

Parimal Suklabaidya, Assam’s forest minister is already in the area and is overseeing the rescue operations.

Assam has been at the receiving end of the flash floods for a week. The floodwater has started receding since Monday. At least nine people have died due to the floods.

As per Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 7 districts in the state are currently dealing with floods and around 1.97 lakh people are still affected. Relief cams have around 7,000 people residing in them whereas 25,000 hectares of cropland have been damaged due to the floods.



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