The aftermath of Cyclone Remal: Mizoram devastated by landslides

A day after 25 bodies were recovered from the rubble caused by massive landslides due to incessant rain in Mizoram, rescue operations continued on Wednesday to locate missing persons, an official report said.

According to the morning bulletin of the Mizoram State Disaster Management Authority (MSDMA), rescue operations began early in the morning to locate the missing people at various locations, including the site of an abandoned quarry where several houses collapsed on Tuesday morning.

Several people went missing in landslides, especially in the capital region, which was cut off from the rest of the country for hours and bore the brunt of the natural disasters.

A massive landslide killed at least 14 people, including two minors, and left about eight others missing when quarry houses collapsed in an area between Melthum and Hlimen on the southern outskirts of Aizawl town.

”Search and rescue operations are underway. Authorities have deployed 25 personnel from the 3rd MAP, 22 personnel from the 1st MAP and 10 personnel from the 5th IR Battalion at the site,” MSDMA said in the report.

It was stated that several houses and workers’ camps collapsed due to the impact of the landslide, with at least 22 people buried under the rubble. The dead include a four-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl.

”The weather has been comfortable so far, there has been no rain since morning. We hope to continue operations without any hindrance from nature even though it is cloudy now,” an MSDMA official told PTI.

Aizawl’s Deputy Commissioner Nazuk Kumar said on Tuesday that search operations will continue until the entire site is cleared.

In nearby Hlimen in Aizawl district, where five people have been recovered and four others are still missing, authorities are continuing rescue operations in search of the people, the morning bulletin said.

A building collapsed in Salem Veng in Aizawl due to a landslide following which three persons went missing and their bodies were recovered later on Tuesday.

In Falkawn, Lungsei and Kelsih of Aizawl district, one person each died when landslides buried their houses.

The MSDMA also stated that eight members of a family living in a house were swept away by a heavy landslide at Chawnpui in Aizawl district.

The state capital was cut off from the rest of the country for the entire day on Tuesday due to landslides on National Highway-6 at Hunthar and NH-54 at Bungbangla. The roadblocks were lifted in the evening and traffic movement was restored, officials said.

In Aizawl city, some cemeteries in Republic Veng, Kanan Veng and Kulikawn have also been swept away by landslides, and more than 200 graves have been damaged.

According to the India Meteorological Department’s regional center in Guwahati, light to moderate rain will occur at most places over Mizoram on Wednesday, while thundershowers and lightning with wind gusts of up to 30-40 kmph are very likely to occur in isolated areas. places in the hill state.

The Mizoram government on Wednesday ordered closure of all offices and PSU units in view of the IMD’s severe weather warning over cyclone ‘Remal’, except departments involved in disaster management and essential services.

Commissioner and Secretary, General Administration Department, K. Lalthawmmawia, in the order, also advised private sector entities to adopt ‘work from home’ mode as much as possible in view of the weather alert.

Mizoram Chief Minister Lalduhoma announced Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia for the families of those who died in the quarry collapse and rain-induced disasters in other parts of the state.

He said the government has set aside Rs 15 crore to tackle rain-induced disasters, which occurred as an aftereffect of cyclone ‘Remal’.

More than 150 houses have been destroyed, dozens of trees and electricity poles have been uprooted, several roads have been blocked and more than 50 residential units have been submerged across Mizoram in a trail of destruction left by the aftermath of Cyclone ‘Remal’.

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