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Seven killed in Tamenglong landslide, two missing : CM conveys condolences, many left shell shocked by tragedy

TAMENGLONG | Jul 11 : Seven people were killed and two are still missing in devastating landslides caused by nonstop heavy rain in Tamenglong district. Search operations were still going on till the time filing of this report.

The first ill-fated incident happened between 2:30 am and 3:00 am in which a huge mudslide buried one house at New Salem, Tamenglong ward no. IV killing five siblings who were sleeping inside.

The five are Tigailiu Riamei, 18, studying in Class XI at Tamenglong Higher Secondary School, Peichunliu, 16, studying in Class VIII at Jr. High School, Model village,  Gaikurei, 14, studying in Class VII at Gadailong Primary School,  Guangthuanchui, 12, studying in Class IV at Pretty Lamb Institute and Pouhotlung, 9, studying in Class III at Pretty Lamb Institute.

All the five deceased are children of Guithuannang and Liangsiliu. The children were staying at the house while the parents were at their permanent house at Sonpram village.

After digging for many hours by the locals, the lifeless bodies of the five were recovered and condolence service was held at Sonpram Fellowship Tamenglong. Their funeral service will be held at Sonpram village.

Two other children who were also sleeping inside the house were thrown outside by the impact and were luckily saved.

Another house at New Cannan, Tamenglong ward no. III, belonging to Lanthailung was also buried under mud. His three children and wife were thrown outside by the force of landslide and were able to escape while one nine months old baby, Rajianguang and their five years old daughter, Meihuanliu are still missing.

Sources said that Lanthailung and his wife are hospitalised at Tamenglong district hospital but they are out of danger.

One house at Neigailong Tamenglong ward no. II was also buried under mud and a mother and son were killed on the spot. The deceased mother was identified as Maijinlakliu, wife of Maithuanlung, who died with her 11 year old son, Linwangbou. They are originally from Maruangpa village, Tousem. Another three kids were rescued on time and they were saved.  

All shops and market were closed at district headquarter to show solidarity to the bereaved families.

Rescue teams comprising of Assam Rifles, Manipur Rifles, 143 CRPF, police and locals jointly launched a search operation to rescue the victims. Deputy commissioner of Tamenglong, Ravinder Singh, SDO, Kachamthai, SDPO, Joshia Pamei and other district level officers all visited the spot and witnessed the situation.

Meanwhile, chief minister, N. Biren Singh has expressed deep shock and grief over the unfortunate incident of massive landslides that occurred in Tamenglong district today morning.

In a condolence message, the CM conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. He also wished speedy recovery to those who were injured in the tragic incident.

Expressing deep pain over the incident, N. Biren assured that an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakhs would be given to the next of kin of those deceased persons. He also instructed the deputy commissioner of Tamenglong to provide immediate assistance to the victims and to monitor the situation minutely.

District administration, Tamenglong has opened a Relief Control Room to respond to grievances from the residents of the area.

Further, a cabinet team of Relief and Rehabilitation minister, Karam Shyam and Labour and Employment minister, Thokchom Radheshyam visited the landslide spot in Tamenglong.

The team announced Rs. 4 lakhs for the victims of landslide and a sum of Rs. 1 lakh was handed over to the victims’ family today through ADC of Tamenglong, Kirankumar Singh, SDO of Tamenglong, Kachamthai Faiga Gangmei, SDC of Tamenglong, Namlalung and SDC of Tamenglong, Philip as first instalment.

A sum of Rs. 20,000 for house damaged was also given to 13 houses which were fully damaged by the landslide that occurred today. Partially damaged houses were also reported at the office of SDO, Tamenglong.

Kachamthai said that Rs. 20,000 is only first instalment for the damaged houses for which the minister team has announced Rs. 1,01,900.

Another relief materials like four half-bags of rice, mustard oil, candles, dal, salt and tarpaulin were also given to the 13 landslide affected houses.

~IFP

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