Five new COVID positive cases in Meghalaya

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Assam COVID-19 positive has travel history of visiting Shillong

By: Dhrubajyoti Chakravorty

SHILLONG, May 27:  Meghalaya has registered five more COVID-19 positive cases. Confirming the news, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma in a tweet at 12.17 am on Wednesday said the infected patients were stranded people who recently returned from Delhi and Haryana.

The chief minister informed that all the infected patients are currently in Shillong’s Corona Care Centre. He also said all of the patients are ‘asymptomatic’. With the news cases, the number of active COVID19 cases in Meghalaya has increased to 7. Total cases in Meghalaya has gone up to 20 with one death.

On May 25, a person, who had travelled from Chennai along with the 14th positive case, turned out to be COVID-19 positive. The infected person was in isolation since the day of his arrival in the state. He was in institutional isolation at Resubelpara under medical observation.

Meanwhile, Assam has released the name of Ajit Dey, a resident of Karimganj who tested positive after travelling from Shillong in a hired vehicle.

 

Flood, landslides

Incessant rains over the past few days have resulted in flash floods and landslides across the state.

Nine people were reportedly marooned in flood-hit Ialong in West Jaintia Hills, which is located close to the Myntdu River.

West Jaintia Hills SP, Lakador Syiem informed that while one was rescued, the eight others managed to cross over to a nearby hill. Another report said one person was swept away.

Due to the incessant rains, the water level of Myntdu River crossed its mark and washed everything on its path. Many of the villages in Meghalaya were badly affected due to flood, cyclonic storms and hailstorm in various parts of the State during the past 24 hours.

As per official reports, a total number of 21 villages and 1493 people were affected in as many as eight districts in the state due to the cyclonic storms and hailstorms.

Talking to reporters, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, Kyrmen Shylla informed that a total number of 1493 people along with 21 villages have been affected.

Out of the 352 houses which were affected, Shylla said that 343 were partially damaged and 6 houses were fully destroyed.

Revenue and Disaster Management Minister informed that flash floods and cyclonic storm occurred in areas under Tikrikilla C&RD block and Demdema in West Garo Hills on Monday.

Soon after the super cyclone Amphan struck parts of West Bengal and Odisha, the state has been witnessing heavy downpour with cyclonic storms and hailstorms lashing various parts of the state.

According to District Disaster Management, Jowai, there were incidents of landslides in several localities of Jowai town like Chilliangraij, TympangIawmusiang, Caroline Calony, Khliehiongriang and Riatsiatsim adding that there are major lanslides even on the road leading to Shangpung village.

Over flowing streams, rivers, landslides, flooded farm lands, water logging, portion of roads and bridges washed off and houses damaged by landslides is what the scene is in the affected districts.

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