Hailakandi- At least 21 people were killed on Tuesday in a series of landslides that occurred in South Assam’s Barak Valley districts of Hailakandi, Karimganj, Cachar, even as the state is grappling with floods.
Out of 21, seven deaths were reported in Lakhipur area of Cachar district, eight in Hailakandi district and six in Karimganj district.
At least nine people have died and lakhs of people have been affected in 11 districts in the first wave of flood.
The floods have so far damaged 2,678 hectares of crop and hit 44,331 domestic animals and 9,350 poultry.
Eight people were killed following landslides triggered by incessant rain in South Assam’s Hailakandi district on Tuesday morning.
Confirming the incident, Additional Deputy Commissioner cum CEO, DDMA, Hailakandi, RK Dam said, “Eight persons have died, including two children when landslides triggered by heavy showers hit two areas under Hailakandi and Algapur revenue circles. Several others sustained injuries. Bodies have been recovered and sent to the civil hospital for autopsy.”
Upon receiving information, a team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and local police reached the spots at Mohonpur Grant under Hailakandi revenue circle and at Chandipur Grant under Algapur revenue circle.
Hailakandi Circle Officer Tridip Roy disclosed that seven persons identified as Kutun Mia Laskar, 40, Zulfana Begum Laskar, 32, Sukrana Begum Laskar, 6, Rijwana Begum Laskar, 4, Sumona Begum Laskar, 8, Chanmoni Mal, 5, and Motiur Rahman Laskar, 70, were killed in the landslide.
Circle Officer, Algapur, PK Gupta informed that a person named Rup Chand Sarkar died in the landslide.
“The rescue operation started in the morning hours and all the bodies were identified by the authorities and shifted to the district hospital for post mortem,” said an official of the emergency and fire services.