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Heavy landslides in Assam claim 10 lives

May 18, 2016 13:24 IST

Ten people were killed in landslides in Karimganj and Hailakandi districts in Barak Valley in Assam on Wednesday following incessant rains.

Five members of a family were killed in a landslide at Sonachirra in Karimganj district in the wee hours, a police official said.

The landslip, triggered by incessant rains, buried a house on the edge of a hill killing the five people. Among the victims are a man, his wife and their daughter and two sons.

The area has been hit by continuous rains for the past three days.

In neighbouring Hailakandi district, two incidents of landslide killed four persons at Bilaipur and a six-year old boy at Ramchandi area, police officials said.

The debris fell on two houses where the victims were sleeping early in the morning, they said.

The National Disaster Response Force and police have been engaged in rescue and relief operations. 

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