A 16-year-old boxer and class 9 student from Arunachal Pradesh was buried alive by a landslide, triggered by heavy downpour near Itanagar earlier this week. Schoolmates and family are devastated. His isn’t the only life lost to landslides happening in the hilly regions of the Northeast .
The incident took place at Sood village when Rage Hilli was on his way to participate in a boxing selection trial in Itanagar.
He lived Keyak village in West Siang district.
Hilli and a friend were on a bike, going from Dokum Colony in Itanagar to the Rajiv Gandhi University in Rono Hills to take part in a boxing selection trial, when the landslide hit them.
While Hilli was buried alive, his friend, Tai Abu miraculously managed to escape the scene with minor injuries.
The youngster’s body was later recovered by the police with the help of locals.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed grief over the death of the minor boy.
“Pained by the death of 16-year-old promising boxer Rage Hilli in a landslide incident at Yupia, today. Hilli was a class 9th student and had a dream to join armed forces to serve the country. My thoughts are with the bereaved family in this hour of grief,” Khandu said in a tweet.
During the past two days, landslides were reported from East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills, and East Khasi Hills districts in Meghalaya.
In a landslide at Dangar in Meghalaya, five people had lost their lives including four minors and at Kenmynsaw a married couple died in landslides, leaving behind their three children.
Flood and landslides have so far claimed lives of 27 people in Meghalaya this year.