Sinking of land in Mizoram, locals help 22 families evacuate

Local volunteers helped 22 families to evacuate their houses and shift to safer places due to sinking of land at Hunthar locality of Mizoram’s capital city here, state Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Director C Lalpeksanga today said.

Lalpeksanga, who visited the place this morning said seven houses have been dismantled by the volunteers since yesterday as another spell of rain was most likely to sweep away the houses. He said many displaced families were living with relatives while temporary accommodation arrangements were made for others in government buildings constructed for urban poor and the proposed office of Legal Metrology.

The landslide and sinking of land occurred after heavy downpour in the city for days which also severely affected the road linking the lone Lengpui Airport as the road itself had been sinking, he said. Lalpeksanga said experts from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) in Shillong would be arriving here today to conduct a detailed study of the area from Tuesday.

A detailed project report (DPR) would be submitted to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for prevention of the area from sinking further and reclamation of the area in accordance with the GSI report, he added.