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Spectre of landslides starts haunting residents

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 15 - Just like in previous years, with the onset of monsoon the city has once again started to experience landslides. Two major incidents of landslides took place in the city today.

In the first incident, the guard-wall of a compound collapsed due to landslide and caused heavy damage to a house located downhill at Birubari's Nizarapar this morning. The guard-wall collapsed and fell on a house owned by one Tilak Dutta and caused heavy damage to property. However, nobody was injured in the incident.

Locals said rainfall in recent days has worsened the hill's soil condition and this led to the incident.

Dutta and his family have been told to shift to some other safe location till the rainy season is over.

In another incident, a huge chunk of rock and debris fell from the Nilachal Hill on the main road near the Kamakhya Gate. It led to massive traffic snarls on the road. The debris were cleared later by municipal authorities.

The two incidents took place after a landslide was reported at Hemtola in Kamakhya yesterday.

Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner Virendra Mittal, when contacted, said the circle officers have been asked to identify the vulnerable areas in and around Guwahati and issue notices to such households forthwith.

�Those occupying the hilly areas illegally will also be served notice within the next few days,� Mittal said.

The DDMA has also been directed to raise awareness in the vulnerable areas.

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