Two women cricketers killed & 3 missing in Meghalaya landslide

In a tragic incident, 2 women cricketers were buried alive after a massive landslide triggered by incessant rainfall hit their houses at Mawnei in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on Friday. Three more persons have gone missing.

Shillong Sept 26-2020: The victims have been identified as Razia Ahmed, who played for the state at the national level, and Ferozia Khan, a local player. Mawnei locality headman Bah Bud informed that their bodies had been recovered from the debris. East Khasi Hills district Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtynger said that efforts are on find out the missing persons.

Talking to reporters, Meghalaya Cricket Association (MCA) general secretary Gideon Kharkongor said that Razia had represented the state in various national-level tournaments since 2011-12. Fellow Meghalaya cricketers have condoled the demise of the cricketer. It needs mention here that incessant rainfall since Monday has left a trail of devastation across the state.

In another tragic incident, two workers engaged by the police in clearing the debris at their quarters in Shillong died on Thursday, officials said. Landslides have also destroyed several village roads and national highways across the Northeast Indian state. National Highway 44E was partially damaged and debris has blocked the road leading to Nongstoin Civil Hospital in West Khasi Hills district.

The situation is likely to get worst as heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur on Saturday over isolated places of Assam and Meghalaya on Saturday and Sunday, said a report by The Weather Company.

On Sunday, heavy rainfall is likely over isolated places of Assam, Meghalaya, and Andhra Pradesh, while widespread rain/snow and thunderstorms are expected over Sikkim.

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