At least twelve people lost their lives in different district of Meghalaya’s Garo Hills as floods and landslides played havoc following incessant rains in the past 72 hours.
While seven persons including five children were killed in South West Garo Hills district, five others died in North Garo Hills district, official sources said.
“Incessant rains in the past two days have caused serious havoc. While one person was drowned, six others were killed in landslides. Five of those killed in the landslide were children,” said Ram Singh, deputy commissioner of South West Garo Hills district over the telephone.
Five other persons were killed in landslides in Bugakol village in North Garo Hills district. Floods and landslides have affected about 1.50 lakh people in the Garo Hills region in the past two days.
The army was called out to assist the district authorities in the worst-affected North Garo hills district where at least 100 villages have been submerged. Hundreds of villagers have taken shelter in churches and school located on highlands.
Floods have also washed away several vital bridges and roads. In North Garo Hills district, the Soksan bridge that connects Mendipathar to Resubelpara was washed away. In West Garo Hills district on the other hand, the Ringgi bridge connecting the civil sub-division office in Dadenggre was washed away.
In North Garo Hills, the Soksan bridge, which connects Mendipathar to Resubelpara, was washed away. In West Garo Hills, the Ringgi bridge, which connects to civil sub-division office in Dadenggre, was washed away.
The situation turned worse in the plain areas of West Garo Hills where floods have affectd about 1.2 lakh people. The worst-hit villages are under Phulbari area wherethe Brahmaputra and its tributary Jinjiram were flowing above danger level. Embankments have been breached in several places, sources said.