4 minors — two youngsters, aged 16 and 15, and two youngsters, aged 5 and three— have been killed in a rain-induced landslide in Mizoram’s capital, Aizawl on Friday evening. “The incident occurred round 10:30 pm within the Thuampui neighbourhood, following a day of heavy, incessant rainfall,” mentioned Dr Lalhriatzuali Ralte, Deputy Commissioner, Aizawl district.

She mentioned that the household lived in a two-floored ‘Assam-type’ home, which fell when the retaining wall adjoining to it collapsed as a consequence of a landslide.

Whereas the adults — together with the 75-year-old head of the household, Lalbiakzuala—managed to flee, sustaining minor accidents, the kids have been buried alive, DC Ralte mentioned. Three our bodies have been recovered final evening itself, and one — the physique of the 16-year-old — recovered solely at 4 AM on Saturday morning.

DC Ralte mentioned that an ex-gratia quantity to the following of kin of the deceased will probably be launched. The rescue operation was carried out by a joint group of police and native volunteers.

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Rain-induced landslides are quite common in city areas within the hill-state of Mizoram as a result of homes are constructed very shut to one another. The members of the opposite household, which resided on the bottom ground of the constructing, managed to flee.

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