GUWAHATI, June 27 � At least eight persons died in different incidents of landslides and electrocution as the city woke up to a disastrous inundation today, triggered by a nightlong heavy downpour.
Three members of a family, Kanak Barman, aged 45, Pratima Barman (12) and Tulasi Barman (8) lost their lives after a wall of their house collapsed on them in a landslide that took place last night at Udayachal in Narakasur area. A member of the same family, who also was injured in the incident, has been admitted to the GMCH.
Another woman, named Bharati Sarma, died in a landslip at Bamunimaidam.
Four persons, namely Bhaskarjyoti Das (48) of Mathuranagar, Dinesh Das (55) of Dispur Super Market, Prafulla Das (46) of Janapath, Nabin Nagar and Suren Bharali (57) of Udayan Path, Dwarkanagar, died due to electrocution. Deputy Commissioner, In-charge, Kamrup (Metro), Rajib Prakash Baruah confirmed eight deaths in the city.
The administration has also arranged for the last rites of the deceased.
Baruah said the administration would provide free medical treatment to those who sustained minor and grievous injuries.
Unofficial sources, however, claimed a total of 9 deaths in today�s deluge, including an 18-year-old boy, Vivek Saha, who was drowned in the gushing Bharalu in Anil Nagar. A SDRF team conducted a search operation, but could not find his whereabouts.
According to Additional Deputy Commissioner Dhrubajyoti Das, several small landslide incidents have been reported in different parts of the city. However, the assessment of damages caused by these incidents has not been done yet.
�A total of 365 landslide-prone areas have been identified in the city through a rapid visual screening and we have been carrying out awareness drives in such areas. Landslides were the results of incessant rainfall during the past several days,� he said.
Landslides also occurred in the Koinadhara hillock, in Nabagraha area and behind the Assam Engineering Institute, damaging several houses.
Thana level Nagarik Committees and surveillance committees have been asked to evacuate people from vulnerable areas to safer places, especially during the night. The Kamrup district administration has opened two toll-free helpline numbers to help the disaster-affected people. The helpline numbers are 0361-2733052 and 1077.