Meghalaya: Incessant rains trigger landslide in Nongstoin; heavy showers to continue in next 4 days
SHILLONG, Aug 10, 2017: While heavy rains continue to batter Northeast India for the past 3 days, the state of Meghalaya is on high alert owing to the fact that the state is prone to landslides.
It wasn't long when a massive landslide claimed 4 lives in Ri Bhoi district when another landslide hit the state and this time it was in West Khasi Hills and fortunate no lives were lost nor property damaged but fear persists.
Monsoon showers wreaked havoc near Nongstoin TB Hospital, West Khasi Hills district as incessant rains triggered landslides at various places. In one such incident incessant rain caused landslide at the Nongbah taxi stand of new Nongstoin, early on Thursday morning.
Huge amount of earth came crashing down to the road beneath and covered it with mud and stone. No damage to life or property was reported. The place was without any car or pedestrians during the occurrence of the incident.
Another was reported along the Nongstoin by-pass today. Luckily, no vehicle was damaged in the incident.
Just recently, a mass of earth came crashing down at Ri Bhoi district along the Shillong-Guwahati highway blocking one side of the highway.
When contacted, deputy commissioner of West Khasi Hills, Arun Kumar Kembhavi informed that all the officers are directed to be in station and be prepared. He has also asked all the Block Development Officers to be in constant touch with the public.
"I have directed all the department officers not to leave the station. However, no official alert has been sounded," Kembhavi said.
When asked the water levels of the two major rivers in Nongstoin — Nongbah and Nongdein river, the DC said "They have not breached the alert levels but we are keeping a close watch."
Meanwhile, a weather warning has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department for Northeast India. Heavy to extremely heavy rain will lash isolated areas of Assam and Meghalaya on August 11, 12, 13 and 14.