Flood, landslide wreck havoc in Mizoram, no government help in Chakma areas

Mizoram has been hit hard by monsoon floods and landslides as a result of incessant rain for the last a few days. All rivers in Mizoram have swollen and crossed danger levels. The habitations situated on river banks are the worst affected and there is impending humanitarian crisis.

The western belt of Mizoram, near to the international borders with Bangladesh, have been hit the hardest, submerging hundreds of houses in Mamit and Lunglei districts.

The State Disaster Management and Rehabilitation department officials claimed that more than 150 families have been evacuated due to flooding of the Khawthlangtuipui (Karnapuli river) in south Mizoram’s Tlabung town in Lunglei district bordering Bangladesh. However, no casualties were reported, unlike last year.

 

At least 12 houses were partially damaged and two completely submerged at Sairang village in Aizawl district.

The main route to Lengpui Airport, formerly National Highway 54, has been blocked by mudslides at Hunthar and many state highways and national highways linking Aizawl and other towns have also been blocked by landslides at multiple locations, The Telegraph reported.

The situation in the Chakma inhabited areas is precarious. At least 30 houses of Chakma community have been submerged in Silsury village in Mamit district as of Tuesday afternoon and the water level of Sajek river is reportedly rising at the time of reporting.

In Marpara village under Lunglei district, at least 65 houses are under water and many more families had to be evacuated from the rising flood waters.

 

 

Flood situation in Silsury village, situated on banks of Sajek river, Mamit district

 

Flood situation in Marpara, situated on banks of Mar river, Lunglei district
Flood situation in Nunsury, situated on the banks of Karnapuli river, Lunglei district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Chakma elderly sits on the veranda of his submerged house before evacuation in Tuichawng in Lunglei district
Flood situation in Rajiv Nagar in Mamit district

Apart from the above, severe floods have been reported from several other villages like New Sachan on the banks of river Sajek, Tipperaghat on the banks of Thega and Tuichawngchhuah on the bank of river Tuichawng in Lunglei district; Kamalanagar, headquarters of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) situated on the banks of river Tuichawng in Lawngtlai district and Sairang on the banks of river Tlawng in Aizawl district.

Till date, there is no sight of any governmental interventions at rescue, relief or rehabilitation of the flood affected people in the Chakma inhabited villages. The local villagers with the help of the Young Chakma Association (YCA) are making efforts to rescue the stranded people and providing shelter at schools or other safer locations.

“The situation is really critical here as everything has been destroyed by the floods. There is humanitarian crisis looming around as the flood waters have destroyed crops and vegetables,” a villager informed The aPolitical through social media.

The government should immediately start providing food, clothes and medical facilities to prevent epidemics. Many people are worried as they did not receive adequate compensation for the losses during the floods last year.

 

Members of Young Chakma Association rescuing an aged woman from flood waters in Silsury in Mamit district.

 

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