At least four people including a minor girl were killed when a massive landslide in a stone quarry buried them in Mizoram on Saturday morning. A police spokesman said they are currently unable to determine how many people died in the stone quarry landslide, but locals say they think there were four.
The stone quarry is in the Bungbanglow area near Zemawbawk on the outskirts of Aizawl.
Local people said several people were working in the stone quarry when the landslide happened. They said there had been torrential rain in the area over the past few days.
Rescue teams at the site only recovered two bodies at the time of this report but there are more to be discovered.
A local man said that he saw two women, a minor girl and a man working at the quarry when the rocks came tumbling down.
Later, a top Mizoram police official said that, at the time of this report, they couldn’t definitely say how many persons were working at the quarry when the landslide hit.
Rescue operations are still ongoing at the stone quarry.
Aizawl is the capital of Mizoram state of in India. It is the largest city in the state, with a population of approximately 293,500. Mizoran is the southernmost of the NorthEastern states, and Aizawl is close to equidistant from the borders of Bangladesh to the west, Tripura to the northwest, Assam to the north, Manipur to the north east, and Myanmar to the east.
There were also massive landslides on National Highway 44 in the Sunapur area of Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills. NH 44 connects Tripura, Mizoram and Assam’s Barak valley with the rest of the country. More than one thousand vehicles were stranded on the Highway due to the landslides on Sunday morning.