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The entire state of Mizoram bid farewell to Ziona Chana, believed to be the head of world's largest family with 38 wives and 89 children, as he dies at the age of 76. Ziona, who suffered from diabetes and hypertension, died at a Aizawl-based hospital on Sunday afternoon.

"He was undergoing treatment at his residence in Baktawng village for three days. But his condition deteriorated and he was rushed to the hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead," Hospital Director Dr Lalrintluanga Zahau told PTI.

The family lives in a four-storied house with over 100 rooms in the mountainous village of Baktawng Tlangnuam. The village became a huge tourist attraction because of them.

Offering him condolences, the Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga took to Twitter to say, "With heavy heart, #Mizoram bid farewell to Mr. Zion-a (76), believed to head the world's largest family, with 38 wives and 89 children."

"Mizoram and his village at Baktawng Tlangnuam has become a major tourist attraction in the state because of the family. Rest in Peace Sir!"

Ziona had met his first wife when he was 17-year-old, while she was three years older to him then.

Zion-a was the leader of Chana Pawl or Chhuanthar, a sect formed by his grandfather Khuangtuaha after he was expelled from Hmawngkawn village in 1942.

Since then, his family lives in Baktawng village, around 55 km from Aizawl. Khuangtuaha was succeeded by his son Chana, who was the father of Zion-a.

Around 400 families are members of the sect that allows polygamy for its male members.

(With inputs from agencies)

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