Air force helicopter drops relief materials to stranded villagers in Maheskola

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With the flood situation continues to be grim, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday reviewed the worst-hit South Garo Hills district, where road communication through National Highway – 62 has been completely cut off for the past four days with over 40,000 people affected.

South Garo Hills, along the India – Bangladesh border has witnessed multiple landslides and many areas like Maheskola and Siju remaining without any road link.

Indian Air Force on Tuesday late afternoon dropped off essential food and relief materials to the stranded villagers in Maheskola village.

A total of eight people have lost their lives in landslides at Bolsalgre, Siju and Rongsa Awe, of which one is a minor aged 4 years and two persons are still missing from Rongsa Awe.

At least six bridges, including suspension and wooden bridges have been washed away in the district with mobile and electricity connection disrupted. Electricity connection has been disrupted in Baghmara town, Karukol, Rongsa Awe, Siju, Rongara, Gasuapara, Chokpot, amongst other villages.

A total of 30 villages including Siju, Emangre, Jadi, Nongalbibra, Karukol, Maheskola, Kalu, Kanai, Bonbera, Rongru Asim have been cut off from the district headquarter of Baghmara. The Chief Minister has directed the officials that restoration of roads and electricity should continue.

 

Officials have informed that in the next 2-3 days, the road connectivity along NH-62 will be restored for light motor vehicles and at least 20-25 days would be required for roads to be restored for heavy vehicular movement.

 

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister visited affected areas under Dalu block in West Garo Hills and reviewed the situation with officials of the district. In Dalu area, at least 5 wooden bridges have been damaged disrupting communication in several villages and soil erosion affecting villages along the Balka River.

Meanwhile, leader of the Opposition  in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly and the All India Trinamool (AITC) leader, Dr. Mukul Sangma along with other prominent leaders of Garo Hills visited South Garo Hills on Tuesday to see the areas affected by flood and rain.

Meghalaya Trinamool Congress MLA Mahendraganj, Dikkanchi D Shira, along with MPTCC Joint Secretary Manik Das and TMC Mahendraganj Youth leader Thonong D Shira visited flood affected areas of Ulubari and Kalaigaon.

With flood situation in Garo Hills remains worse, All India Trinamool Congress MDC Agassi Marak offers support to the flood-affected residents of Selsella. Amidst the incessant rain that created havoc in the Garo hills, where the death tolls are in rise. In the Selsella area, four villages have been slashed by heavy rainfall. Currently, the affected villages including Lalmati, Namabila, Silkata and Haripur are under a flood situation.