Rains trig­ger more land­slides in north­ern Chin State

The Myanmar Times - - News - NYAN LYNN AUNG nyan­lin­aung@mm­times.com

AFTER five days of heavy rain, land­slides struck north­ern Chin State yes­ter­day, break­ing down trans­porta­tion in the area.

The land­slides hit Hakha, the cap­i­tal of Chin State, and some north­ern parts of Tid­dim and Ton­zang town­ships. Houses were dam­aged and the bridge link­ing Tid­dim and Ton­zang was bro­ken, said Ko Mung Lak, the owner of a trans­porta­tion com­pany.

“Many cars are struck on the way be­tween Kalay and Tid­dim so far,” he said. “They can­not go to Tid­dim but they can­not get back to Kalay yet ei­ther.”

Ac­cord­ing to a Chin state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, a few houses were dam­aged and an old woman was killed by the land­slide. The gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to fix the dam­aged roads as soon as pos­si­ble, the of­fi­cial said.

“We are hold­ing meet­ings with the ap­pro­pri­ated min­istry now in or­der to start fix­ing the roads,” the of­fi­cial said.

Salai KB Thawng, a res­i­dent of Hakha, said the land­slide hap­pened be­tween Hakha and Gant­gaw high­way road. He re­it­er­ated the re­port that many houses were dam­aged.

“As far as I know, about seven houses were dam­aged and the peo­ple who lived there moved to safer places,” he said. “If the heavy rains con­tinue to drop, the land­slides might hap­pen in other ar­eas, too.”

Pi Vung Suan Dim, a mem­ber of the Chin Progress Party and res­i­dent of Tid­dim, con­firmed that the routes be­tween Kalay and Tid­dim and Ton­zang are bro­ken.

“We can­not go any­where now and we are with­out any con­nec­tions,” she said. “Chin State has a land­slide ev­ery year, es­pe­cially dur­ing rainy sea­son.”

Last year, more than 4000 homes were swept away, with res­i­dents moved into tem­po­rary camps after land­slides trig­gered by heavy rain.

In Novem­ber, a team of Ger­man ge­ol­o­gists con­firmed that the state cap­i­tal was too dan­ger­ous to live in be­cause of the un­sta­ble ground.

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