Shillong: Incessant rain in the past two days has wreaked havoc in Meghalaya‘s West Garo Hills district, triggering landslides and uprooting of trees at several places.
According to West Garo Hills deputy commissioner (DC) Ram Singh, heavy and incessant rainfall has caused some landslides along the Tura-Dalu stretch on NH-51 and a rise in water levels in Singwil river in Selsella area.
Pictures and videos have emerged of how the Simsang River is now flowing above the danger mark and other smaller streams also swelling as a result of heavy rainfall.
“NHIDCL [National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation] teams are clearing the road. We have also sent an alert through the police, BDOs and SDRF teams,” said Singh.
Singh also urged people not to go near the streams, rivers and landslide-prone areas on under-construction roads. He added that there is more rainfall with thunderstorm predicted till July 5.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted an increase in rainfall from Monday for the next four to five days across Meghalaya.
According to an official from IMD, Sohra, Mawsynram, Sohra RKM and Baghmara were the four stations that had recorded extremely heavy rainfall since Monday till Tuesday. Rainfall observed in Sohra was at 220.8 mm, Mawsynram at 225.6, Sohra RKM at 232.2 and Baghmara at 280.8, the official added.
Latest satellite images indicate light to moderate rains with intermittent heavy spells of rainfall likely to continue in Garo Hills region.