20 peo­ple feared dead in re­mote In­dia land­slide: of­fi­cial

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Res­cuers were search­ing Sun­day for some 20 vil­lagers feared killed in a land­slide trig­gered by tor­ren­tial rain in a re­mote re­gion of north­east­ern In­dia, a lo­cal of­fi­cial said.

The side of a hill col­lapsed on Satur­day on a vil­lage in Ma­nipur state close to the bor­der with Myan­mar, said lo­cal mag­is­trate Memi Mary.

“So far we have

re­ports

of 20 peo­ple killed when a hillock caved and trapped the vil­lagers,” the mag­is­trate told AFP by tele­phone from the town of Chandel.

Mary said res­cuers have ar­rived at the vil­lage in Chandel dis­trict af­ter blocked roads ham­pered ef­forts to reach the site, some 80 kilo­me­ters ( 50 miles) from the state cap­i­tal Im­phal.

Photos showed a bridge washed away by rag­ing floodwa- ters in Ma­nipur, while TV sta­tions showed footage of a house col­laps­ing and fam­i­lies sleep­ing in evac­u­a­tion cen­ters.

The na­tional gov­ern­ment has or­dered res­cue and re­lief teams be sent to the state as the an­nual mon­soon wreaks havoc across the re­gion.

In the western state of Gu­jarat the death toll from days of flood­ing af­ter heavy rain has reached 53, as a re­sult of drown­ing, elec- tro­cu­tion and other in­ci­dents.

More than 10,000 peo­ple have been evac­u­ated across Gu­jarat in the past week. But of­fi­cials said wa­ters were now re­ced­ing, al­low­ing power and com­mu­ni­ca­tions to be re­stored.

“The death toll has reached 53 since July 26 with 23 deaths in the worst- af­fected Banaskan­tha dis­trict alone,” an of­fi­cial in the state’s emer­gency con­trol room told AFP.

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