Cyclone Remal batters Mizoram: 27 lives lost in Aizawl; CM Lalduhoma allocates ₹15 cr for state relief fund

Cyclone Remal has claimed 27 lives in Mizoram; rescue operations are ongoing. Due to landslides and floods, power and water supply have been disrupted. A weather advisory has prompted the closure of offices, except for essential services. The CM announced relief funds and ex-gratia for victims.

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First Published29 May 2024
Aizawl: Rescue work underway after heavy rainfall and winds triggered by Cyclone Remal, in Aizawl on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Aizawl: Rescue work underway after heavy rainfall and winds triggered by Cyclone Remal, in Aizawl on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(Manash Das)

Intense storms with damaging winds and heavy rain since Monday evening in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal have killed 27 people in various areas in Mizoram, including Melthum, Hlimen, Falkawn, and Salem Veng, within the state capital, Aizawl, officials said on Tuesday.

According to the Directorate of Information, Public Relations (DIPR), Mizoram, “27 bodies have been found so far as search and rescue operations continue, with State Disaster Response Force personnel teaming up with Melthum Local Council and YMA.”

Many of the victims lost their lives in landslides. "The death toll may rise further as rescue works continue,” said an official.

As reported by PTI, Chief Minister Lalduhoma has announced a 15 crore allocation to the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) and extended 4 lakh as ex-gratia for the deceased.

The CM, along with DM&R Minister K Sapdanga, will provide 2 lakh to the families of the deceased in Hlimen, with the remainder to be disbursed later, following SDRF guidelines. Both officials, accompanied by government representatives, were present at Melthum to assess the situation firsthand.

Also Read: Imphal inundated, landslides and flashfloods in Meghalaya, Orange alert in Tripura: Aftermath of Cyclone Remal

Power and Electricity (P&E) and Public Health Engineering (PHE) departments have issued notices stating that electricity and water supply will be disrupted until further notice as landslides and floods have damaged electric lines and water pumps.

According to reports from Mizoram DIPR, the cyclone's toll stands at 14 fatalities in Melthum, four in Hlimen, three in Salem, two each in Falkawn and Aibawk, and one each in Lungsei and Kelsih areas within Aizawl district, ANI reported.

The cyclone crossed Bangladesh on the night of May 26 and caused a deep depression. On Tuesday, it crossed Meghalaya's Shillong and Jowai regions and is gradually weakening.

Tripura Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha is trying to ensure that people get all the help they need from the administration.

The India Meteorological Department's (IMD) regional centre in Guwahati has predicted widespread light to moderate rainfall across Mizoram on Wednesday.

Also Read: Cyclone Remal Highlights: 6 killed, 29,000 houses damaged in Bengal's coastal areas

Additionally, isolated areas in the hill state may experience thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds reaching 30-40 kmph speeds. In response to the weather advisory, the Mizoram government has instructed closing all offices and public sector units on Wednesday, except for those engaged in disaster management and essential services.

Meanwhile, the Aizawl Deputy Commissioner reported that over 50 families were relocated to safer locations. The overflowing Tlawng river inundated their homes at Sairang village, approximately 21 km from Aizawl. 

Furthermore, in the aftermath of cyclone ‘Remal’, around 150 houses have been demolished, numerous trees and electric poles uprooted, several roads blocked, and over 50 residential units submerged across Mizoram, leaving a path of destruction.

(With inputs from agencies)

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