Cyclone Remal creates havoc; 1 dead and 5 sustain injury

Cyclone Remal has created havoc across Meghalaya. One person died and five others sustain injury in the last 24 hours.


In the last 48 hours, over 1,222 people were affected, a total number of houses damaged are 233 and around 79 villages are affected. Trees were uprooted, low lying areas were flooded as chaotic situation was witnessed in the state.


Meghalaya’s State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) swung into action since yesterday in various parts of the State following the onslaught of Cyclone REMAL with heavy rains and squally winds creating landslides and falling of trees.


In an incident occurred in Sutnga Weilong, where a house wall collapsed, resulting in the death of a 26-year-old man and injuring two others.


In another incident, four persons were injured in landslide at Mawkynroh Bypass at around 4:00 AM, the injured were shifted to NEIGRIHMS hospital for treatment.


In the capital city, the SDRF conducted operations in Lumparing where a team led by Sub Inspector M A Thubru evacuated 8 (Eight) residents from buildings close to the landslide area.


This same team rushed to Bivar Road and conducted operations along with Fire & Emergency Services and Shillong Municipal Board to evacuate residents at Bivar Road, Shillong following a wall collapse. One injured in the wall collapse was shifted to the hospital by local residents.


In another operation at Rilbong the SDRF team led by Sub Inspector S Dkhar, assisted personnel from the Forest department in cutting of trees posing danger to residents nearby. The SDRF also evacuated 14 (Fourteen) residents residing in danger prone areas. The operation here is still ongoing as the SDRF are still engaged in clearing of trees posing a threat to local residents.


Responding to the effect of Cyclone REMAL in West Jaintia Hills, a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of the Civil Defence and Home Guards District offices led by Sub Inspector Y Challam today morning were able to clear out a number of fallen trees in various areas of Dulong locality, which was obstructing traffic and posing a risk to residents and travelers.


A QRT of West Jaintia Hills Civil Defence and Home Guards district office also responded to a tree fall incident at Khimusiang, Jowai where they were able to tactically remove a large tree which had fallen on the roof of a local resident.


Sonapyrdi (Sonapur) Tunnel in East Jaintia Hills  experienced mudslides due to the incessant heavy rainfall.  The clearing work was done amidst the disruption by rain. East Jaintia Hills police have advised the Commuters to find an alternative route and drive cautiously. Meanwhile, One Wall Collapsed at One House Sutnga Weilong under Wapung C&RD Block .


In RiBhoi, At Mawskeilum many betel nut trees are reported to have fallen due to the cyclone . In Umtang houses were damaged  and falling betelnut and banana trees were reported . At Umkynsier also houses were damaged and falling of betelnut trees were reported .A wooden bridge was washed away by high speed water flow at Lad Ri Bhoi under Jirang block.


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