At least twenty-one men and women have died in fierce landslides across Assam’s Barak Valley region in the last 48 hours.
Eight of those who died are minors.
The landslides were reported after blinding rain in the Barak valley for more than two days.
Seven deaths were reported from Cachar district, eight from Hailakandi and six from Karimganj.
Officials said rescue operations were on and the death might rise because some may still be trapped under the debris.
“In such conditions , getting trapped under a huge landslide leaves one with very slim chance of survival,” said an official in the Cachar district administration.
All the seven killed in Cachar district belong to one family in the Joypur area, said disaster management official Shamim Ahmed Laskar.
” A SDRF team has been rushed to the spot and the Assam Rifles personnel have also joined the rescue operations,” Laskar said.
Karimganj deputy commissioner MP said six persons, including four children, were killed in two different landslides , all under Kaliganj police outpost jurisdiction in Karimpur area.
“While all five members, including three minors, of one family got trapped inside their kutccha house due to the landslide, another death of a 14-year-old girl occurred around 2 km away in another landslide,” the official said.
In the second landslide incident, one member of the family sustained leg injury and had been moved to hospital for urgent medical attention.
Eight people were killed and five others injured in separate incidents of landslide in Hailakandi district on Tuesday morning. Of the eight dead, five belonged to the same family.
Landslides have swept through three different places of Algapur and Mohanpur village of the district around 8 am. Local people rescued the injured before the SDRF team reached.
The Assam government has announced payment of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today expressed grief over the loss of lives in the incidents of landslide in the three districts of Barak valley.
Sonowal directed the deputy commissioners of the districts to speed up rescue operations and extend help to the affected.
The first wave of floods in Assam has at least killed six people and rendered 20,000 homeless .
The flood has hit Assam at a time when it’s battling a sudden spike in number of Covid patients, caused mostly by returnees after they were put into quarantine centres when testing positive on arrival.
At the weekend , Assam reported 1,100 cases, of which 930 were active.
According to the state disaster management authority (ASDMA), 3.7 lakh people have been affected by the raging floods .
The districts of Nalbari, Goalpara, Nagaon, Hojai, West Karbi Anglong and Tinsukia were the worst-hit .
A total of 195 relief camps and relief distribution centres were operational on Saturday. According to an ASDMA official, the water is receding and the situation is expected to improve as forecasts show ‘moderate’ rainfall.