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3 killed in rain-induced landslides in Jorabat


GUWAHATI, Aug 24 - Three persons, including a mother and her two-and-half-year-old son, were killed in two different incidents of rain-induced landslides in Jorabat and Nine Mile areas today.

Indra Darji (59) died due to landslide in Jorabat area around 12.15 am today, while 22-year-old Rakhi Subedi and her two-and-half-year-old son Ayush died in a similar incident in Nine Mile�s Hastinapur area this afternoon.

Last year, the number of deaths reported in Guwahati due to flood-related incidents, including landslides, was 8.

Meanwhile, normal life was thrown completely out of gear following incessant rain in many localities in Guwahati and its adjoining areas since late last night. People inhabiting low-lying areas, like Anil Nagar and Nabin Nagar, were seen shifting their base as a safety measure.

The downpour also inundated several other parts of Guwahati, leaving the residents marooned for several hours before the water receded late in the evening. The ordeal for Guwahatians aggravated with power supply and telecommunication services getting snapped throughout the day in various localities.

ANN Services adds from Jorabat: Thousands of people in Jorabat area were left homeless following heavy downpour last night, which continued for around three hours. Flood water inundated the National-Highway 37 at Jorabat, 11th Mile, 10th Mile and at 8th Mile and National-Highway 6 at 12th Mile, 13th Mile and Jorabat.

Thousands of vehicles, including heavy ones, were stranded in the flood water, which led to heavy traffic snarls for over six hours. A night-super bus, moving towards Upper Assam, got stuck in the flood water, which rose up to 6 ft.

Meanwhile, Jorabat Police in-charge Birinchi Das is being hailed here as a hero as he waded through chest-deep water alone and rescued around 30 passengers, including a baby. Das was later joined by a few locals and passersby in his rescue work.

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