On September 25, 5 people were buried alive due to a major landslide at lower Lumparing, Shillong Credit: File Image

Shillong: East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Isawanda Laloo has announced that an ex-gratia amount of Rs 4 lakh each will be paid to the next of the kin of all those who died due to recent landslides and flash floods following incessant rains across Meghalaya.

According to Laloo, the relief amount will be applicable to all the victims who died due to natural calamity, including those involved in relief operations or associated in preparedness activity, subject to certification regarding cause of death from the appropriate authority.

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She added 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.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma also took to Twitter to share the information. He tweeted, “Government is releasing an Ex Gratia amount of Rs. 4 Lakhs each to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the recent landslides & flash floods due to incessant rains across the State. Once again, I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families.”

So far, over nine lives have been lost in the East Khasi Hills district due to incessant rains. According to the state disaster management authority, a few other missing people have not been traced as yet.

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