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Mizoram landslide toll put at 17; Chief Minister reviews safety measures

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One of the vehicle destroyed by the landslide in Aizawl on May 11, 2013.

One of the vehicles destroyed by the landslide in Aizawl on May 11, 2013.

207 houses damaged: DIPRO

Aizawl (Mizonews.Net): Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla yesterday convened a meeting of top government officials at his office and discussed ways on how to take steps following the Laipuitlang tragedy which resulted in the death of 17 people.

“Of the 17 missing people, 15 bodies have been recovered. Altogether 11 houses were totally damaged and as many as 7 four-wheelers and 9 two-wheelers were also damaged,” officials said.

They also discussed on setting up of Magisterial Inquiry; over paying of ex gratia Rs.1.5 lakh to the kin of victims and provision of Rs. 35,000 grant to owners of the collapsed concrete buildings.

Sources also said that the officials acknowledged that State Disaster Response Force had received training during May – June 2010 at CTI Sesawng through MAP Battalion and IR Battalion. So far 376 people have undergone the training.

The Chief Minister expressed his wish that besides the police, engineers and departmental staff  should also get the training.

Science and Technology department officials, who were invited in the meeting by the Chief Minister, informed that they are in constant contact with experts at Meteorological Centre, Guwahati, and added that the predicted ‘Mahasen Cyclone’ for May  16 will “not be that dangerous”. They further added that they conducted regular study on the route of cyclone, and said that even if the predicted cyclone reach Mizoram, it will much lost its intensity.

The meeting was attended amongst others by Chief Secretary incharge Ashwini Kumar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Lalram Thanga, DGP Alok Kumar, DM&R Secretary P.C.Lawmsanga, Chief Scientific Officer Dr.Vanlalzara and Press Secretary to Chief Minister L.R.Sailo.

Recent heavy rainfall and landslide caused severe damages in different districts of Mizoram. According to preliminary reports received from District Information and Public Relations Officers, altogether roughly 207 houses were totally damaged, around 333 were severely damaged and 1257 houses were partially damaged.

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