Landslide claims two lives as incessant rain wreaks havoc in Meghalaya
SHILLONG | SEPT 24, 2020:
Two people died in a landslide at Police Reserve, Shillong as torrential rain wreaked havoc across Meghalaya.
The landslide occurred around 11:30 am and the two part-time workers identified as Sohibuton Marak and Silnang Marak were buried under the rubble. They were both under the age of 30.
Nearby witnesses immediately informed police personnel, including the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Fire and Emergency Services. However, the two victims were already dead by the time rescuers got to them.
Nine families were temporarily evacuated from the area.
In another incident, three children sustained injuries as a result of a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Mawlai Umthlong on Thursday. They were rushed to Shillong Civil Hospital and are currently undergoing treatment.
Floods were also reported in low-lying areas like Polo and Forest Colony, resulting in the disruption of traffic due to lack of proper drains.
Meanwhile, floodwaters swept away several bridges while affecting hundreds of commuters plying along several roads and National Highways in Garo Hills. The wooden bridge in Dumnikura area of South Garo Hills was also washed away on Thursday morning, cutting off the Tura-Baghmara route. The District Administration has advised all vehicles to take the Williamnagar-Siju route for the time being.
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