Toll in Northeast India's flash floods reaches 15

Ten people were washed away in Mizoram’s Lunglei district while two others, including a school student, were electrocuted in Assam’s capital Guwahati.

Published: 14th June 2017 08:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2017 09:12 PM   |  A+A-

Houses damaged by landslides in Guwahati | EPS

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GUWAHATI: Another body, identified as Deben Nath, who was missing since Tuesday's floods in Guwahati, was recovered from a water body on Wednesday evening. The latest death brings the toll to 15.

It did not rain in most parts of the region on Wednesday much to the people’s relief.

Ten people were washed away in Mizoram’s Lunglei district while two others, including a school student, were electrocuted in Assam’s capital Guwahati, on Tuesday. 

The body of a man, who fell into a swollen rivulet in Guwahati on Tuesday, was recovered by the SDRF on Wednesday. Tragedy struck Pintu Das when he had gone to buy meat from a market. Das, a native of eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh, had moved to Guwahati two months ago to work for a construction firm.

Meanwhile, while water receded from flooded localities of Guwahati, landslides were reported in five areas. According to state disaster management authorities, 130 affected people were lodged in a relief camp in the city.

Floods were reported from Lakhimpur, Darrang, Hailakandi and Kamrup (Metro) districts, affecting 13,238 people.

In Manipur, a farmer was swept away by the swirling water from the Imphal river in Kangpokpi district. The 35-year-old victim, Paominlal, hailed from Khaochangbung village in the district.

Official sources said hundreds of localities in Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Senapati districts were in the grip of the flash floods. Sources said rivers including Imphal, Nambul, Kali and Senapati and the tributaries of Barak, Nambul and Thoubal were overflowing at various places.

In Mizoram, nine of the 10 bodies of people who were washed away on Tuesday are yet to be recovered. 

“The flood is subsiding as the rains have stopped. But as of now, there is no news about the recovery of the nine bodies,” ruling Congress spokesman David Sangliana told the New Indian Express.

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