Assam landslides claim eleven lives

Guwahati/Silchar/Karimganj:  At least 11 persons, including five of a family, were killed and seven others injured on Wednesday in separate landslides in Assam’s Barak Valley districts of Karimganj and Hailakandi along Mizoram.
In Hailakandi district, two massive landslides claimed five lives in Bilaipur and injured a six-year-old boy in Ramchandi area, district officials said.
At Bilaipur in Terracherra area under Lala police station five persons were buried alive, while three others, including a five-year-old boy, were injured. At Ramchandi area, a six-year-old boy and four others were injured.
In neighbouring Karimganj district five members of a family, including three children, were killed in a landslide at Sonachirra due to incessant rains. The sliding masses of mud fell on the house of the family on the edge of a hill when they were asleep killing the husband-wife duo, their daughter and two sons, the officials said.
The injured have been admitted to hospital, officials said. Continuous heavy downpour in district headquarters Karimganj town for the last three days has caused water logging in several areas, they said.
Due to heavy shower at Karimganj the EVM machines of Ratabari and Karimganj North Assembly constituencies have been shifted by the district administration to a safe place in presence of all political party leaders, observers, district and Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, DC Manoj Deka said. NDRF and police were engaged in rescue and relief operations. (PTI)

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