Water-logging wreaks havoc in Guwahati, 8 killed, 1 missing

Eight people were killed due to electrocution and landslides triggered by incessant rains here as National Disaster Response Force was called in to rescue marooned people in the city, whose most parts are inundated.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 27, 2014, 19:17 PM IST

Guwahati: Eight people were killed due to electrocution and landslides triggered by incessant rains here as National Disaster Response Force was called in to rescue marooned people in the city, whose most parts are inundated.

One person who was washed away in the Bharalu river, was missing, police sources said.

Four persons died of electrocution and four others in landslides in different parts of the capital city which turned into a sea as there was no outlet for the waters into the adjacent rivers Brahmaputra and Bharalu, the sources said.

A government employee, Dinesh Das, was electrocuted last night in the water logged MLA Hostel in the Capital Complex in Dispur area, they said.

A second person, Prafulla Das, Deputy Director of Arunachal Pradesh Cultural Affairs department was electrocuted when he attempted to switch off the inverter at his residence in water-logged Nabin Nagar area today.

Another person, Suren Bharali was also electrocuted in the Down Town Hospital area on G S Road and the fourth in the Last Gate area.

Torrential rains since last night resulted in neck-deep water in worst-hit Anil Nagar, Tarun Nagar, Dispur, Rajgarh, Zoo Road, G S Road, GNB Road and Bhagagarh.

In a landslide in the hilly Bhangagarh area, three members of a family, including two women were killed and another injured when the boundary wall of a house above theirs collapsed on their tin-roofed hut.

The dead were identified as Tulasi Barman, Tarali Barman and Kanak Barman, while Kalyani Barman was hospitalised with injuries.

A woman, Bharati Sarma, was killed in another landslide in Bamunimaidam area, the sources said.

Landslides were also reported from Nabagraha, Koinadhara along Meghalaya and Uzan Bazar areas where boundary walls of houses in the hills collapsed in heavy showers triggering landslides damaging several houses. None was injured, the sources said.

An 18-year old boy Bibek fell into the river Bharalu in Anil Nagar area and was swept away by heavy currents, they said.

Senior Superintendent of Police Anand Prakash Tiwari said State Disaster Response Force men and local people tried to rescue him, but failed in their attempts.

The government called in the National Disaster Response Force which deployed 20 boats to rescue the marooned people to safer areas, NDRF sources said.

Pumps were also installed to drain out the water from the affected areas, the sources said.

At several places electric poles were damaged disrupting power supply since last night for over ten to 15 hours, including in the Uzan Bazar area where the PTI office is located.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who visited the water-logged areas, faced protests from the people in Rajgarh area.

He directed Chief secretary Jitesh Khosla and other senior officials to visit affected areas to take stock of the situation.

Gogoi also directed the Kamrup (Metro) district administration to evacuate the affected people and set up relief camps for them, the Chief Minister`s Office said.

Ex-gratia grant of Rs three lakh each would be paid to the next of kin of the eight dead, the CMO said.