Landslides in Assam kill 20, injure 9

Guwahati – Landslides due to heavy rains across three districts have killed twenty while nine were injured, informed officials. Government of Assam has announced an aid of four lakh rupees per family of the deceased.

Assam, landslideDue to incessant rains, incidences of landslides were recorded in Assam’s Hailakandi, Karimganj and Cachar districts. Six people were killed in Karimganj out of which five belonged to a single-family and included a woman and three children. Another incident happened in Kolapur village of Cachar district where seven villagers, including three women, died due to landslides. The third mishap took place at Bhtatbazar village of Hailakandi district. Here, a tin-roof house got buried under the boulders and debris in which seven people, including two children and a woman, got killed. Those injured were rushed to S.M. Civil Hospital.

For the last three days, the area is experiencing torrential rains. However, Monday night saw very heavy rains which triggered landslides. Relief operations were immediately launched after the accidents. Calling the event unfortunate, the Assam government has directed the district administration to give four lakh rupees within twenty-four hours to the family of the deceased as monetary compensation.

The incessant rains over the last few days have left 356 villages across nine districts of Assam flood-hit. It includes Dhemaji, Nagaon, Hojai, Darrang, Nalbari, Goalpara, West Karbi Anglong, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts. The floods have displaced lakhs of people while sweeping 26,977 hectares of farmland underwater.

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