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By Our Special Correspondent
TIMELY HELP: Armymen evacuating marooned residents from the Tarun Nagar area in the heart of Guwahati on Friday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar
GUWAHATI, OCT 8 : Eleven people were buried alive while 11 more were injured in landslips in Guwahati this morning, following torrential rains that lashed the State for the past three days.
The Army was called out in the city to rescue marooned people in the two worst-affected localities of Tarun Nagar and Zoo Road that are reeling under neck-deep water. Five Army boats were pressed into service to shift the residents to safer locations.
The death toll due to landslips in the city since yesterday stood at 17. Six people were buried alive in Thursday's landslip.
Kamrup (Metropolitan) Deputy Commissioner, A.K. Absar Hazarika, told The Hindu that while 11 people died in today's landslips in five localities, 11 others were injured in a landslip near the Red Cross Hospital in Chandmari.
Thousands of people living in the hills have fled their homes following warning by the district administration about the danger of more landslips and have taken shelter in relief camps.
The traffic movement in the city has also been disrupted due to water-logging. Residents, who ferried on rickshaws through the flooded road, had to shell out up to Rs 100 for distances less than a kilometre. Some were also using rubber boats and raft made of banana trees.
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