At least 20 people, together with three youngsters, had been killed and a number of other others injured in landslides triggered by heavy rain within the three districts of Assam’s Barak Valley on Tuesday.
“Six persons were killed in Karimganj and seven each in Hailakandi and Cachar districts of the region in separate incidents,” stated Assam forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya, who visited the districts.
Following directions from Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Rs four lakh every was being given to households of the victims.
Seven individuals had been killed in Joyour space of Cachar district in an enormous landslide that buried their home. Two individuals who had been severely injured have been admitted in Silchar Medical College Hospital.
“Seven persons died in a landslide in Bolor Bazaar area of Mohonpur in Hailakandi district in the early hours of Tuesday. The landslide took place due to incessant rainfall in the area over the past three days,” stated a Hailakandi district data division official, requesting anonymity.
Besides the 20 deaths due to landslides on Tuesday, 9 people had drowned in Assam till Monday within the first spate of floods that affected 11 districts. Nearly 8,000 displaced people have been sheltered in aid camps.
Officials stated the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel have rushed to the three landslide websites.
Sonowal condoled the lack of lives within the landslides. “Deeply anguished at the loss of lives due to landslides triggered by incessant rain in Barak valley. I have directed Cachar, Hailakandi & Karimganj district administrations and SDRF to step up rescue, relief operations and facilitate all possible help needed to those affected,” he stated in a tweet.
Suklavaidya, who was in Hailakandi city to assessment the Covid-19 pandemic scenario, has directed district authorities to instantly ship their stories on the landslide to the federal government.