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Death toll rises to 6 in Meghalaya landslides
Staff correspondent
 SHILLONG, June 18 - The death toll in yesterday’s landslide in two districts of the State has climbed to six with three more bodies being recovered from under the debris. 

Relief and rescue team recovered two more bodies at the site of the landslide in Ri-Bhoi district. The body of a child was recovered from East Khasi Hills district. 

Bodies of women were recovered today at Umiam, Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation area today. “The relief and rescue team were able to find the two missing women from the site today,” Ri-Bhoi Deputy Commissioner CP Gotmare said.

The victims were from two families and were residing at makeshift camps at the site when the landslide hit on Saturday morning while they were asleep.

A magisterial inquiry has been instituted by the Ri-Bhoi district to probe into the construction of dwelling units for the labourers on a steep hill, Gotmare said.

In another incident the body of a child was recovered at Mawjrong in East Khasi Hills district.  Altogether nine persons were injured in the landslides and are recovering in different hospitals.

A road at Byrnihat was also damaged today due to the rain. Incessant rain over the past 48 hours has caused the landslides.

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