Flash floods hit Guwahati, eight die of electrocution

At least eight people, including three members of a family, were killed here due to landslides and flash floods triggered by incessant rain since Thursday night, officials said Friday.

Four persons were killed due to landslides in two places while another four died due to electrocution in four different locations, the officials said. Another person remained missing after he was washed away by the surging waters of the Bharalu river.

"Three members of a family Kanak Barman (45), Pratima Barman (12) and Tulasi Barman (8) lost their lives in a landslide that took place Thursday night in Narakasur area," said Rajib Prakash Baruah, deputy commissioner in-charge of Kamrup (Metro) district.

He said another woman died in Bamunimaidam area due to landslide.

Baruah said Bhaskarjyoti Das (48), Dinesh Das (55), Prafulla Das (46) and Suren Bharali (57) died due to electrocution.

The district administration announced an ex-gratia of Rs.10,000 each to the families of the victims.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who visited the inundated areas of the city Friday to assess the situation, said the state government would pay adequate compensation to the families of the deceased.

The flash floods submerged the MLA Hostel and the houses of some ministers.

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