At least 20 persons died and several injured in various parts of India’s northeastern state of Assam in landslides triggered by extremely heavy rains over the past few days, confirmed state government officials while speaking to Xinhua over phone on Tuesday.
The landslides were reported from several districts in the state, including Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj.
“In Cachar district the landslide happened on Tuesday in which seven persons died, and some injured. Six dead bodies have been recovered, and search is on to find the seventh dead body,” said Shamim Lashkar, the District Project Officer of the Cachar District Disaster Management Authority.
A similar number of persons died in Hailakandi district, confirmed a senior district official.
“Seven persons died in a landslide incident today, and five persons were injured. The dead bodies have been recovered and the injured are admitted to a local hospital, out of whom two have been discharged after preliminary medical aid. The landslide occurred in Algapur area,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner E.L. Fairhiem while speaking to Xinhua over phone.
Meanwhile, local media reports said that at least six persons died and 10 were injured in a similar landslide incident in Karimganj district on Tuesday.