Priyanka Boro, student, was killed in the Guwahati landslide in Assam, people were asked to move to safer places


Due to the incessant rains of recent days in Guwahati, several landslides have occurred:


A student was killed on Sunday in a landslide near Raj Bhawan, prompting the administration to ask people living in vulnerable areas to move to safer locations, officials said.

The administration also temporarily closed a hospital near Raj Bhawan, whose guard wall has become vulnerable due to the gradual landslide, they added.

The governor’s residence, located in the Kharghuli district, is however safe.

Another landslide incident took place in the locality of Gita Nagar. A road and a house were damaged, but no casualties were reported.

Interior Minister Amit Shah called Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and assured him of all assistance.

Officials said student Priyanka Boro was outside her home when a huge piece of land mass from the hill above fell and buried her, killing her instantly.

Ms. Boro was a student of Guwahati College and also an accomplished dancer who has performed at various events across the country.

“Due to the incessant rains of the past few days in the city of Guwahati, several incidents of landslides have occurred, resulting in loss of life and property.

Authorities in the Kamrup metropolitan district, which mainly includes the city of Guwahati, have ordered the closure of the Borthakur clinic and hospital in Kharghuli and have requested the immediate transfer of his patients to nearby facilities.

The hospital is located just below the back of Raj Bhawan, whose guard wall is vulnerable due to land erosion.

“The guard wall can fall down at any time and damage the lives and property of patients, doctors and paramedics at the hospital,” said Kamrup City Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu.

He also called on people living in landslide-prone areas to leave their homes and move to safer places until the end of the monsoon.

After the landslides, the Union’s Interior Minister met with Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to inquire about the incident and the flooding situation in the State.

“Spoke to Assam’s chief minister, Shri @sarbanandsonwal and Shri @himantabiswa, to take stock of the alarming situation of the Brahmaputra river and landslides near Guwahati. All possible assistance was provided to the A total of 18 people died in the floods which affected nearly 9.3 lakh people in 23 districts of the state.

“Thank you Shri @AmitShah ji on behalf of the people of Assam. With your support and advice, we will surely overcome all the challenges we face right now,” Sonowal said on Twitter:

Mr. Sarma also tweeted about Mr. Shah’s call and his assurance of all the support from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

“I express my sincere gratitude to @AmitShah ji for their concern for the people of Assam in this hour of distress,” he added.


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