8 killed, 350 houses submerged as floods ravage Mizoram

National Highway 54, which links the state with Assam, has been cut off at different places due to landslides in many districts.

Published: 13th June 2017 06:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2017 10:34 PM   |  A+A-


AIZAWL: Eight persons have been killed and six others are missing after flash floods caused by heavy rainfall wrecked havoc at Tlabung in Mizoram's Lunglei district.     

WATCH | House collapses in landslide at Mizoram capital Aizawl

A building that belongs to a relative of Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla's wife, collapsed on Tuesday in landslides caused by flash floods due to heavy rain. | PD Nair

National Highway 54, which links the state with Assam, has been cut off at different places due to landslides in Lunglei, Siaha, Lawngtlai, Serchhip and Champhai districts, officials said today.     

As many as 350 houses have been submerged since yesterday in different parts of the state in the flash floods, State Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Minister Zodintluanga said.     

Eight persons were killed in south Marpara and Phairuangkai villages of Lunglei district, the minister said, adding that six others are still missing.     

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla's wife owns this building, which collapsed on Tuesday in a landslide caused by flash floods due to heavy rain in the Northeast. | PD Nair  

Sevety-four buildings were submerged after the waters of Khawthlangtuipui river flooded Tlabung town. Public works department officials said 84 families have been evacuated from the area.     

Schools were closed in Thenzawl and six houses submerged in the area forcing the inhabitants to leave the buildings, the officials said.     

Landslides and incessant rains have blocked several roads in Aizawl town, and power supply lines were snapped and telecommunication system was disrupted in the state capital.

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