Heavy rainfall causes deadly landslides in Assam, India

Heavy rainfall causes deadly landslides in Assam, India

Torrential rainfalls that have been sweeping portions of India for the last couple of days triggered deadly landslides in the districts of Karimganj and Hailakandi, Assam in Northeast India on May 18, 2016. Ten casualties have been reported so far.

According to the local police, a landslide at Sonachirra in Karimganj district killed five people by burying a house situated on the edge of a local hill. 

72-hr rainfall as observed by the GPM Core Observatory. Image credit: Google/NASA/JAXA/GPM

Two landslides were reported in the Hailakandi district, where four people, including a child, were killed after the debris collapsed on two houses during the early morning (local time) while the residents were sleeping. The NDRF and local police have since been engaged in the relief and rescue operations.

Two landslides were reported in the Hailakandi district, where four people, including a child, were killed after the debris collapsed on two houses during the early morning (local time) while the residents were sleeping. The NDRF and local police have since been engaged in the relief and rescue operations.

According to media reports, heavy downpours and landslides severely affected the railways in southern Assam, Tripura, Manipur, and Mizoram.

"Railway workers have been working round-the-clock to clear the debris in many places in southern Assam's Dima Hasao district. The huge mudslides together with stones covering a large portion of railway tracks at Fidhing and other places are being cleared," said a Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) official. It could take between three and four days to reopen the railways and clean the accumulated debris.

Featured image: 72-hr rainfall accumulation as observed by the GPM. Image credit: Google/NASA/JAXA/GPM

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kushal kumar 2 years ago

Text of this writer’s predictions published on 27 June 2016 : - “ Prime Minister of India has asked citizens of country to be on alert and conscious with Pakistan. It seems the alert may have probably been occasioned by recent Pak negative attitude to India’s inclusion in NSG. It may also be added that a dramatic rise in terror attacks in J&K from across the border during last five months and the like has been reported in news the other day. In the background of these prevailing situations , it may be appropriate to let readers know this Vedic astrology writer’s predictions in article “ 2016 - a woeful year for India with slight cheer at the end” published on 18 January 2016 in online magazine thesop.org. Briefly speaking , it was sought to alert country for more appropriate care and strategy so that worrisome situations which may come up during February to August- September , could be tackled effectively. A broad hint of States or regions which could be likely covered by planetary impacts were also specified in the said alert-predictions. Now , since Prime Minister of India has also alerted country against likely challenges from Pakistan as the month of June nears to pass by , this writer thought it fit to throw some light on unwelcome scenario which could cloud India , in one or more aspects , during 9 August 2016 to 18 September 2016 as follows :
(1). Some behind the scene happening activities in Leh- Ladakh region or even in Bhutan borders could take the shape of major infilteration. It may be alright to keep a vigilant eye in Chinese border at Pithoragarh or nearby against any likely intrusion. Similar could be the case in north-east India.
(2). It would be in order if more precaution and strategy against earthquake are put in place in northern India covering HP ( somewhere near Tattapani and Pangi belt) , J&K , Uttarakhand , Punjab and around , Delhi , UP, Haryana and north-eastern States -Manipur , Arunachal Pradesh , Tripura and Assam. There is , however, no cause for alarm because it could be of low intensity or its epicentre may be far off.
(3). It looks some upheaval within political parties or between political parties could be on spot mostly springing from past mistakes or past wrongdoings or corrupt practices indulged into. Either these may bring some definite consequences or new cases may come to light. Some prominent leaders may have tough situations to encounter mostly in States aforesaid , may even leave parties. Concerns of Judiciary may be in focus.
(3). Last but not least , there looks to be a need to be on alert against divisive tendencies among communities at vulnerable regions. Further , as soon as outbreak of health hazards or epidemic comes to light , it should be checked with fullness. Floods and landslides may be a cause of serious worries in the States aforesaid.
(4). It may be added that the predictions are indicative of likely trends which could take shape , not amounting to determinism, also meaning that appropriate strategy to size up to such likely trends could minimize worries”.

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