August 18, 2016

Landslides, flooding hits hilly areas in Chin State

FlammFalam, 29 July — Landslides and flooding have caused significant damage in hilly areas of Chin State following nearly a week of heavy rains, local officials said.
A landslide Tuesday on Kalay-Falam-Haka Road, one mile from Tarl village, disrupted transport in Falam Township and surrounding areas. The road was reopened after the Department of Highways used heavy machinery to clear debris.
On 27 July, a 160-foot-long suspension bridge linking Hnarain village in Thantlang Township and Sathe village in Rezwa Town was damaged by the surging waters of the Bwenu River.
Floodwaters destroyed a 200-foot-long suspension bridge on the same river linking Lailin village and Tongthantlang village.
“A total of 80 bags of cement and sawn timber on the suspension bridge between Hnarain and Sathe villages were lost in the flooding,” a local villager said. “Moreover, three vehicles from a construction company sank into the river but one of them could be salvaged. At present, flooding has left about 15 acres of farmland along the Bwenu River under water.”—Township IPRD


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