Seven persons including four from the same family were buried alive when a landslide and flashflood triggered by rainstorms struck their houses at Rolep, 16 km from Rongli in East Sikkim early Thursday morning. The incident took place at around 4.30 a.m. The mudslide triggered by a flash flood swept away a sleeping Mehang Rai, a class 5 student from his house in Rolep. Being situated on the upper reaches of the slide-hit area, Mehang’s house was first one to be washed away, reports reaching the state capital said. The landslide also buried alive four members of the same family, all of whom reportedly died in the sleep. The victims have been identified as Birman Rai (60), his wife Mani Maya Rai (49), daughter Tika Devi Rai (14) and son Suman Rai (10).
excerpt from North East Today
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