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Landslide cuts off Mizoram town

By Correspondent

AIZAWL, June 14 - A huge portion of the NH-54 that runs through Serchhip town, the headquarters of Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla�s constituency, was washed away by landslide this morning. The landslide has cut off the important town in central Mizoram and several villages in southern Mizoram.

Earlier this week, the Serchhip-Thenzawl Road was cut off by a landslide.

�A huge portion of the hillock went down, wiping out about 100 metres of the road. It will take months to rebuild the highway. Residents of several houses on the outskirts of the town were also evacuated due to the landslip,� Kapliana Pachuau, a senior journalist from Serchhip, said.

The State has witnessed incessant downpour on Monday and Tuesday, with a break on Wednesday, causing landslides and floods in several parts of Mizoram.

Official sources said 200 houses in Tlabung town near the Indo-Bangladesh border have been submerged by the rising waters of Khawthlangtuipui (also known as Karnaphuli river), rendering more than 300 families homeless. The affected families are sheltered in the town�s community hall and schools.

�It is difficult to assess the damage caused by the flood now. All agricultural lands along the river are completely damaged,� K Beihmotaosa, subdivisional police officer of Tlabung said.

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