|Flash flood, landslides in Meghalaya|
SHILLONG, Aug 18 - Incessant rain over the past 24 hours has caused flooding and landslides in different parts of the State capital and its surrounding areas, disrupting normal life today.
In the State capital, nine families were evacuated from Pynthorbah after flash flood caused havoc in the area due to continuous rain during the past 24 hours. In Polo area too, flash flood disrupted normal life with rain water flooding houses. The district administration have provided “dry ration” to the affected families of the area.
East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, PS Dkhar said people in Polo and Pynthorbah area were asked to move to safer areas as a precautionary measure.
Both these places of the State capital are low-lying areas and the Wah Umkhrah River, which flows through these areas, overflows its banks with almost every heavy downpour. “We have deputed a Magistrate and personnel from the Civil Defence Force to monitor the situation,” Dkhar informed. He added that there were landslides in several places of the district due to the heavy downpour. A septic tank burst and fell onto a vehicle below a hill near Shillong College. However, the occupants of the vehicle escaped injuries, Dkhar said.
At Mawkalum, some 20 km from here, a landslide damaged a house. Nobody was injured in the incident. There are reports of landslides in other parts of the district.
On the other hand, Chief Secretary, PBO Warjri said there were also some landslides reported in Garo Hills region. However, details of these incidences are awaited.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few isolated places of Meghalaya and Assam from August 19 to 21.
The Deputy Commissioner and Chairman, District Disaster Management Authority, West Garo Hills District, have issued warnings to inhabitants residing in vulnerable areas of the district, like Rishipara, Beldalpara, Dobasipara, Dobakkol, Mondoltilla, Hawakhana, Akonggre, Teteng Aja, Reserve Gittim and Gongadamal to shift to safer places.