Newmai News Network
TAMENGLONG, JULY 11: Nine persons including five members of a family were killed numerous landslides which occurred in Tamenglong district headquarters in the wee hours of Wednesday. Two bodies are yet to be recovered till the filing of this report.
Landslides have occurred between 2 am to 3 am in about 15 places in Tamenglong district headquarters which is located 158 km west of the State capital Imphal. Nine lives were claimed as their semi-pucca houses were swept away by the landslides. The property worth lost in the calamity is yet to be estimated.
Incessant rains in the past few days have triggered the calamity.
In the first case, five siblings were buried alive at a locality called New Salem under Ward Number 4 of Tamenglong headquarters. Their bodies have been recovered from beneath the mud after an intensive search. “It is no point now for me to live,” lamented Withonang Riamei, father of the five deceased siblings while Liangsilu, the mother of the five deceased is too weak to speak as she has been crying since the incident had occurred. The five deceased siblings have been identified as Tigailiu (17 years old girl of class 11), Peichunliu (15 years old girl), Gaipurei (13 years old boy), Guangthuichui (12 years old boy) and Pouhotlung (9 years old boy).
The second incident happened at Neigailuang under Ward Number 2 of Tamenglong town. In this landslide two children were killed. They have been identified as Maizinlakliu (girl and her age not known) and her brother Linwangbou (13 years old). Their bodies have been recovered. Their father’s name is identified as Maithonlung Pamai.
In the third case, two chidren were swept away by the slide. They have been identified as Naihonliu Kamei (7 years old girl) and Rajenwang Kamei (9 years old). The bodies of these two children are yet to be recovered. Both were siblings. Their father name is identified as one Lamthailung Kamei.
Meanwhile, personnel of the 23 Assam Rifles and 143 CRPF E-Company are carrying out the search operation since the morning along with the local people.