10 dead in Mizoram stone quarry collapse as cyclone wreaks havoc

The incident took place around 6 am in an area between Melthum and Hlimen on the southern outskirts of Aizawl town after Cyclone Remal wreaked havoc across the state.
10 dead in Mizoram stone quarry collapse as cyclone wreaks havoc
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Ten people died, several went missing after a stone quarry collapsed in Mizoram's Aizawl district amidst heavy rain on Tuesday morning, police stated. The police stated that the incident took place around 6am in an area between Melthum and Hlimen on the southern outskirts of Aizawl town after Cyclone Remal wreaked havoc across the state.

Many nearby houses were also destroyed due to the mine collapse.

The bodies of the deceased have been recovered. However, various others are still trapped under the debris, a police officer said, news agency PTI reported.

He further stated that rescue operations were being affected in the wake of incessant rains.

As per the latest inputs, out of the 10 workers who have been killed, three are non-Mizos.

Amid the search operations, a child who was rescued from the site was promptly taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment. Many other workers, reportedly all non-tribals, are feared dead as the operation to rescue the trapped workers is still underway.

Heavy rains in several places across the state have triggered landslides, the officials said.

Aizawl has been cut off from the rest of the country due to a landslide on National Highway 6 at Hunthar, they said.

Meanwhile, various intra-state highways have also been disrupted due to landslides, they added.

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10 dead in Mizoram stone quarry collapse as cyclone wreaks havoc

In the wake of the rains, all schools were shut and government employees, except those involved in providing essential services, were asked to work from home.

Source: ANI

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