Mizoram: Eight killed, four still missing under stone quarry debris in Maudarh

Guwahati: After two days of the massive landslide in Mizoram’s Hnahthial district, rescue teams have recovered three more dead bodies from under the debris of the stone quarry at the Maudarh village.

The recovery has taken the number of dead to 11 with one person still missing.

It may be mentioned while 11 dead bodies were recovered, the number of total missing persons was 12 and now one remains missing.

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Of the 12 persons, 4 were employees of ABCI Infrastructures Pvt Ltd while 8 others were contractor employees, he said.

Five earth excavators, one stone crusher and a drilling machine were also completely buried under the debris, he said.

The area of the landslide is approximately 5,000 square metres, the DC added.

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The rescue operation is being monitored by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team, district administration, troopers of Assam Rifles and Border Security Force (BSF) and local volunteers, sources said.

Earlier, Hnahthial Superintendent of Police (SP) Vineet Kumar had said that the gory incident occurred at around 3 pm on Monday at Maudarh village, which is a 45-minute travel from Hnahthial town. 

13 people were working when a massive landslide occurred at the stone quarry and one worker managed to escape from the spot, the SP had said. 

Eyewitnesses said that the workers had dug too deep and had upset the stability of the stone quarry resulting in the entire hill caving down on the workers.

The stone quarry is owned by the ABCI, which is executing a widening of a section of national highway-54 between Hnahthial town and Dawn village.

Officials sources said that the construction company will arrange transportation of the victims’ bodies to their respective villages. 

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