Meghalaya: Four Die After Rain Triggers Landslides

Shillong: At least four people were killed in a landslide as heavy rains coupled with ferocious winds wreaked havoc in the Garo hills region located in western Meghalaya and this was informed by the people who were aware of this incident taking place on June 9.

The Meteorological department has not yet officially confirmed this incident but people who were present on the ground claimed that the four persons died as a result of the landslide reported from Jebalgre village in West Garo Hills.

According to reports, West Garo Hills district superintendent of police (SP) Vivekanand Singh, said that three persons, including two minors, were buried alive in the landslide incident.

Notably, the West, South-West and South Garo Hills districts of Meghalaya are witnessing floods, mudslides and landslides in vast areas. There have been reports of landslides in the West and South-West Garo Hills districts of the state since the night of June 8.

Meanwhile, the state disaster management chief shared a communique, where it was stated that the flash floods and landslides affected multiple villages in West Garo and South Garo Hills districts.

The report said that 35 houses in five villages under the Gasuapara C&RD block incurred damages, while “no confirmation on the deaths has been received as yet”.

Other parts of Garo Hills, including Ampati in South-West Garo Hills district, Tura, Dalu, and Purakhasia in West Garo Hills district were also affected by landslides and mudslides triggered by incessant rainfall.

A red alert has been issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for Meghalaya, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, indicating extremely heavy, very heavy and heavy rain in isolated places on June 10 and June 11.

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