India – Flooding and Deadly Landslide in Mizoram

A landslide in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram has left at least 10 people dead.

The Press Trust of India, quoting local police, said that 10 people were killed and another injured when a building was swept away by a landslide triggered by heavy rains in the Lunglawn area of south Mizoram’s Lunglei town.

The Hindu newspaper also reported that a flash flood on Sunday 03 June washed away a temporary bridge over river Tuirini in the northern part of Aizawl district, cutting off 37 villages.

According to figures from India Meteorological Department, Hydromet Division, Serchhip in Mizoram saw the heaviest rainfall in the state over the last few days, recording 159 mm between 01 to 05 June, nearly 2 times the amount it would normally see during this period. Serchhip, situated about 50 km north of Lunglei, recorded 44 mm of rain in a 24 hour period between 04 and 05 June.

In June last year, at least 8 people were killed and 6 were missing after flash floods and landslides caused by heavy rains wreaked havoc in Tlabung in Mizoram’s Lunglei district.

Fifteen people lost their lives and thousands were forced to evacuate their homes after flooding in the neighbouring state of Tripura in May this year.