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Landslide at Kharghuli claims woman�s life


GUWAHATI, June 28 - A 21-year-old woman died in a rain-induced landslide, the second fatality here due to landslide that took place at Hirimbapur in Kharghuli area this morning.

The woman, identified as Priyanka Boro, was trapped under soil and concrete when a chunk of earth from the adjacent hill fell over the house. Police said the incident occurred around 6.30 am.

�Two rooms of their house were damaged in the landslide. The locals had recovered Priyanka�s body before we arrived at the spot. The body has been sent for post-mortem,� police said.

Kalyani Khaklari, a resident of the area, attributed the incident to the repairing work that has been carried out by a resident living above the house of Priyanka Boro.

�The resident had been asked several times to stop earth-filling work during the rainy season. This morning, Priyanka�s mother went to the house, but the landslide occurred in the mean time,� Khaklari said.

She said Priyanka, a student of the sixth semester in Guwahati College, was a very bright and talented individual. She got cent per cent mark in dance in the HSLC examination. She was also a part of the group that performed in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi in 2018. The death of Priyanka has cast a pall of gloom in the entire area.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah in his tweet said, �Spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma to take stock of the alarming situation in Brahmaputra river and landslide near Guwahati. All possible help has been assured to the State. Modi government firmly stands with the people of Assam.�

Despite imposing a blanket ban on earth cutting during rainy season, the district administration had apparently failed to stop such illegal activities on the hill slopes of the city.

Massive earth-cutting activities continue in places like Jayanta Nagar, Kharghuli, Chapaidang and Sunchali in the eastern part of the city. Several incidents of landslides triggered by incessant rains have occurred at Geetanagar, Pandu areas, Navagraha and Dhirenpara. A family had a lucky escape after a part of the Bhagadutta Path in Geetanagar area collapsed. Several houses were partially damaged in the landslide.

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