Meghalaya lost 13 lives due to rain, landslides in 5 days and 26 lives in just less than 5 months.

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Meghalaya News 24 exclusive

Incessant rainfall that triggered landslides in Meghalaya has killed at least 13 people in just five days while 26 lives lost in just less than 5 months due to rainfall-related incidents across the state.

Kyrmen Shylla, Minister incharge of Revenue & Disaster Management said, “In just five days around 51 villages and 1,282 number of people were affected. While six people are still missing, a total number of injured stands at nine, 39 houses were damaged and 78 people were evacuated, while 107 people were shifted to relief camps. “

Shylla  informed Riangdo-Bamil Road, PMGSY Road (Mawshynrut-Thaiem), and Mawshynrut- Hahim Road, NH 44E, Bynther 47 KM, Nongspung at 9 km, Nongstoin_Rongjeng- Tura Road, NH 127 (B), Suspension Bridge underMairang Block, State Roads and PMGSY.

He also added, “Minor Irrigation Projects, damage of pipelines/ silting of Headwork and breached of fine channel, wall collapsed and several other damages caused beside houses were damaged.”

Further flooding has been reported in the state.

Giving a cumulative report of disaster caused in five months, Kyrmen Shylla, said,  “Since 1st April till date we had different types of calamities due to rain like floods, landslide and several other types of calamities, almost all the districts were affected due to rain in last five months, 26 people died so far while 949 villages were affected.”

“Total number of people affected in the last five months were 16, 56,301 while 1025.50 hectares of crop were affected,” Shylla said.

The rainfall caused flash floods and landslides in many parts of the state, leading to widespread damage.

Meanwhile, the East  District Administration has announce the gratuitous Relief in the form of ex- gratia payment of Rs. 4,00,000/-  to the family or next of kin of per deceased person will be paid by the Deputy Commissioner from the State Disaster Response Fund   (SDRF), adding that family/ next of kin of the people who have lost their lives during the recent natural calamities in East Khasi Hills District may approach  the  Office  of  the  Deputy  Commissioner,  East  Khasi  Hills  District  (DDMA)  for claiming of ex-gratia payment as admissible under the norms. EOM