Mizoram landslide toll reaches 17 today

AIZAWL: The number of death in Saturday’s Aizawl landslide incident has gone up to 17 on Monday out of which 15 dead bodies have been recovered so far.

Besides human casualties, 11 houses were totally damaged and as many as 7 four-wheelers and 9 two-wheelers were also damaged in that calamity.

Meanwhile, Mizo National Front (MNF), the principal Opposition party in Mizoram has demanded for the ‘independent judicial inquiry’ over building collapse that had killed 17 persons on Saturday.

The landslide that took place in the early hours of Saturday, had swept away nine houses including a PWD office building at Laipuitlang in north Aizawl killing 17 people and leaving many others untraced so far.

A PWD office building, which had been vacated about a year ago after a crack developed on it, collapsed under the impact of the landslide and fell on nine houses below killing the people.

Mizo National Front (MNF) has demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who holds the Public Works Department (PWD) portfolio and his younger brother Lal Thanzara, Parliamentary Secretary for PWD, owning responsibility for the incident.

Meanwhile, regarding the tragedy caused by major landslide at Aizawl’s Laipuitlang on Saturday which had claimed 17 people and several others still missing, chief minister Lal Thanhawla on Monday convened a meeting with top government officials at his office chamber, in which they discussed to prevent further calamities in the state capital.

The meeting also discussed over setting up of a Magisterial Inquiry and on the ex gratia payment Rs.1.5 lakh each to the deceased’s families and of Rs. 35,000 grant each to the owners of the collapsed concrete buildings. (NNN)

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