Shillong: Two people from Mawkynrew have reportedly died following incessant rain that has been lashing many parts of Meghalaya for the past week.
The victims, reportedly washed away in a landslide, have been identified as a female from Mawkria and one male from Mawlat.
Close to four houses, one shop, two dorbar halls were also destroyed in the rain. Sources said the victims were on their way to Shillong but due to a road blockade, they decided to return. However, they were caught in a landslide and lost their lives.
Residents from nearby villages initiated a search operation for the victims as soon as the news spread. Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong (Village Councils) Mawlat area also immediately informed BDO LT Tariang about the situation.
Heavy rains that started on April 2 at Mawlat village have caused major damage. Mawlat falls under Mawkynrew in East Khasi Hills District.
The state has been witnessing light to moderate rainfall for the last one week.
However, Monday witnessed a heavy storm, with one of the roads at Lawmali-Wahingdoh stretch caving in. The Shillong Traffic Police were quick to act and immediately cordoned off the road that had collapsed to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
North Shillong MLA Adelbert Nongrum inspected the spot and discussed repair work with PWD officials. Nongrum informed the mediapersons later that with pre-monsoon rains, such calamities happen often.
“We have to ensure the free flow of Wahumkhrah or else it will lead to flood and other calamities,” said Nongrum.
Meanwhile, another landslide was reported near Siatbakon village or the NH-40 Shillong-Dawki road. Eyewitnesses said it was a “nail-biting incident” after a red Alto car was almost washed away by the landslide but the driver was immediately rescued.
Officials have instructed any vehicle going towards Dawki area to take the Pongtung-Lyngkhat road. Venture/travelling during the night should be avoided except during extreme emergency because of chances of landslide due to the heavy rainfall, the police have instructed.
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