28 May 2024

Ramal Cyclone: 13 die in landslide in Mizoram, 16 missing

The impact of the Ramal Cyclone that hit West Bengal on Sunday May 26 is now visible in the North-East. A stone quarry in Aizawl collapsed at on Tuesday morning following incessant rains due to the storm in Mizoram. 13 people died in this, while 16 are missing.

Mizoram DGP Anil Shukla told the media that 10 bodies have been recovered so far. Of these, seven are of local people, while three are from other states. Many more people are feared buried under the debris. The rescue operation is going on, but it is facing problems due to heavy rains.

Schools and government offices closed

Due to continuous rain, all schools and government offices in Mizoram have been closed today. Private companies have been asked to get their employees to work from home.

Building washed away

Landslides have also occurred at many other places in the state. Two people died in this. Three people are missing after a building was washed away following a landslide in Salem Veng, Aizawl.

Aizawl cut off from the rest of country

Police said that Aizawl has been cut off from the rest of the country due to a landslide on National Highway-6 in Hunthar. Many state highways within the state are also closed.

The water level of rivers is also increasing due to continuous rain. Many people living in areas along the river bank have been evacuated.

CM calls emergency meeting

Chief Minister Lalduhoma has called an emergency meeting regarding the bad weather in the state. Home Minister K Sapdanga, Chief Secretary Renu Sharma and other senior officials will be present in it.

Assam also receives heavy rains

Apart from this, another North-East state, Assam, also received heavy rains with strong winds today. A college student died after a tree fell on an auto rickshaw in Morigaon district. Four people were injured. A tree fell on a school bus in Sonitpur district, injuring 12 children.

Heavy rain alert

According to the Meteorological Department, by Monday afternoon, Storm Ramal weakened and turned into a deep pressure area. However, the impact of the cyclone started in the northeastern states of India from Monday. Rain continues in some northeastern states including Assam since Monday. Yesterday 14 flights were canceled in Guwahati and 11 in Tripura.

IMD has issued an alert of heavy rain in West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim till May 30. There is a possibility of very heavy rain in Assam and Meghalaya on 29 and 30 May.

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