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More landslides in city, admin holds meets

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 23 - Even as the Kamrup metropolitan district administration and the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) claimed to have taken up measures in recent days to prevent landslides here, the city witnessed two more such incidents today.

Officials in the district administration said that two incidents of landslide took place at the Gitanagar locality this morning.

In one of the incidents, a chunk of earth fell on the Gitanagar Jatiya Vidyalaya from an adjacent hill. The school suffered some damage as the flow of debris uprooted many walls made of bamboo thatch.

However, no one was hurt in the incident which took place in the early morning hours. Officials said the school was closed due to summer vacation.

Another landslide took place at Amayapur Road.

Officials said that continuous rainfall over the last few days have made the landslide problem critical in some hilly areas of the city.

In the current month itself, three persons have been killed in landslides in the city.

Officials said that despite repeated requests from the administration, residents of many landslide-prone areas have not yet vacated their houses, further complicating the problem.

�We have already issued a number of advisories to the citizens to take precautionary measures in view of the rising incidents of landslides and heavy rainfall during the monsoon season,� said an official.

He added that landslide awareness meets are being organized by the district administration and one such meeting was held yesterday where OCs of all police stations, representatives of local welfare societies, SDRF personnel and civil defence wardens took part.

�Nagarik Samitis have been told to keep the district administration informed about earth cutting incidents in their respective localities and OCs of the police stations have been directed to monitor such illegal activities. Stringent action will be taken against anybody found involved in illegal earth cutting,� said the official.

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