Shillong: Meghalaya disaster management minister Kyrmen Shylla on Friday informed that since September 22, a total of 12 unnatural deaths have been recorded.
Shylla said that the incessant rain in the state has wreaked havoc. “On September 22, a jeep carrying six people was washed away at Wah Tynkiang, under Mawkyrwat South West Khasi Hills. While the bodies of five have been recovered, one is still missing,” informed Shylla.
In another incident in Nongstoin, West Khasi Hills, two deaths were reported and one missing due to the heavy rain.
Concerning the incident that had occurred in East Khasi Hills District, Shylla said that in Madanryting, a girl lost her life due to landslide, while at lower Lumparing Dhobi Ghat, two bodies have been recovered and three missing and two officials from Police Reserve were buried in the rubble on September 24.
He also updated that several instances of landslides, uprooted trees and flooding have been reported from various parts of the state with few people left injured.
When asked if any compensation has been provided for the victims, Shylla apologised saying at the current juncture they really can’t say what type of compensation will be provided.
He however assured that it will be as per the SDRF norms and they will try to work out something that will be the best.
Meanwhile, Shylla informed that a letter has also been sent to the State Forest and Environment department to cut down low hanging trees and branches or trees that are old and hanging dangerously in the city.