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TURA | July 10, 2019:

A fear of floods has gripped the plain belts of Garo Hills as heavy downpours continues to lash Meghalaya for close to five days now.

With most rivers close to crossing the danger mark across the various districts, district administrations are on high alert in case of any eventualities.

West Garo Hills, with the biggest population and being the most flood prone areas, was as usual most affected with many sections under Selsella Block inundated due to continuous rains.

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“People are being evacuated where necessary. Hopefully the rain will relent,” said deputy commissioner of WGH, Ram Singh over the phone.

Reports of many houses within Tura bring damaged have also been reported. An assessment of damages is also being currently done.

Meanwhile, following the incessant rains, a section of the Tura – Dalu road was washed away leading to an order for prohibition of movement of heavy vehicles with load on the same road.

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In an order today, the acting deputy commissioner of WGH today closed the road until the damaged portion of the road was rectified and made stable by the NHIDCL. Public buses, while being allowed have been asked to offload passengers in weak and damaged sections.

“The temporary closure is being imposed in view of the landslides and damages caused due to incessant rain during these days and further, in order to avoid complete road blockade in this area since this highway is the lifeline for the people of Dalu area including South Garo Hills District,” stated the order.

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The order also directed the NHIDCL to take immediate steps to rectify the damaged portions.

Other districts, while reporting a water rise, have not reported any serious damage.

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