Shillong: Four children and a young girl died due to drowning during a flood that occurred in West Garo Hills District of Meghalaya on July 15 and 16.
The four children have been identified as Anush Rabha (6), Shruti Rabha, Himraj Rabha and Urushmita Rabha (all in same age group of 3-5 years). All the four children were residents of Tikrikilla C&RD Block.
Anisha Bibi, who was 18 years of age, died on July 16 and she was a resident of Demdema C&RD Block.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma expressed grief over the loss of lives and has released an ex gratia relief of Rs 4 lakh to each of the victim’s families.
Taking to Twitter, chief minister Conrad K Sangma said, “Saddened to see 5 lives lost because of the floods in #GaroHills. Govt has released an ex gratia amount of Rs. 4 Lakhs each to the next of kin of the deceased. We are doing everything to ensure the safety of our citizens during this time. Our condolences to the bereaved families.”
According to the deputy commissioner of West Garo Hills Ram Singh, the total population affected due to the floods is approximately 1,48,639 and 181 villages have been affected so far.
Meanwhile, Union home minister Amit Shah has also expressed grief over the situation in the state. “Loss of lives due to the floods in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya is very disturbing. I have spoken to the Chief Minister, Shri @SangmaConrad and assured him all possible help from the Central government. Nation stands resolutely with the people of Meghalaya in these trying times,” he tweeted.
According to the reports of the state disaster management authority, till date, a total of 16,12,955 of the population has been affected due to flood and heavy rainfall. During the last 24 hours, 150 people have been affected, mainly in West Khasi Hills district. Heavy rain and landfall occurred on at eight villages under Mairang and Mawthadraishan C&RD Block on Tuesday.