Rain, landslide wreak havoc in Meghalaya

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HT Bureau

SHILLONG, July 11:Incessant rain in the past few days has wreaked havoc in Meghalaya triggering landslides in many places while water in streams and rivers reached the danger level including Umkhrah river in Shillong city.

Landslides that damaged roads were also reported in many places including a road at Malki in Shillong. Landslides occurred in many places that cut off many roads including a road in Mawsynram, about 60km from Shillong.

Umkhrah river, one of the polluted rivers in the city, has reached the danger level on Tuesday evening.

Plain areas in the city were also inundated while water logging because of poor drainage system caused flash floods in areas like Pynthorbah and Polo.

Flood water also entered the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and nearby grounds at Polo.

A number of water bodies are flowing above the danger level, and district administrations have been asked to set up emergency operation centres for prompt response, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Kyrmen Shylla told a news agency.

Shylla said the regional met department has also issued an alert for heavy rainfall in the next two-three days.

East Khasi Hills District Deputy Commissioner Matsiewdor War Nongbri said a flood-like situation has emerged in various low-lying areas, due to water logging.

In Garo Hills, many places were also inundated following heavy rain.

Paddy fields including the one at Mawlai Umshing near the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) have been covered with flood water causing damage to standing crops.

The continuous downpour also led to collapse of retaining walls and trees in different parts of the state because of loose soil.

Till filing of the report, heavy downpour continued in the city. Sources said that no casualty was reported from any part of the state.

A weather forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) stated that heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places in Meghalaya on July 11 and 12, and heavy to heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls likely to occur on the July 10 and 13.

Deputy Commissioners of various districts were alerted and advisory has been issued for information of the public.

“People are advised to take extra care during heavy rainfall as there is likelihood of flash flood, especially in areas near rivers and streams,” the advisory said.

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