SHILLONG | July 10, 2019:

A total of 19 incidents were reported from different parts of East Khasi Hills in view of the incessant rains in the last 48 hours. The incidents were which include landslides, flash floods and tree felling were triggered by the heavy rains.

When contacted, Chief Executive Officer of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Ms I Majaw said that since yesterday there were a total number of 19 incidents which were reported from various parts of the district.

According to her, the incidents were reported at Sohryngkham, Mawlyngngad, Jyntah, Lumparing, Nongmensong, Pynthorumkhrah among others.

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As per official reports, incidents of landslides which had occurred today included those at Nongrah, Lum Dorbar in Lumparing, Wah Umkhen in Happy Valley and Lawsohtun. A minor landslide was also reported at Iew Shillong, Laitlyngkot.

Meanwhile, the incidents of collapse of retaining walls were reported at police reserve quarter near Synjuk Wahingdoh School, CPWD at Lumpyngngad and Amanda Marga School at Nongmensong.

Official sources said that the officers of the DDMA have taken stock of the retaining wall which is about to collapse at Kharmalki. There were reports of collapse of footpath at Umshing near NEHU and collapse of a pillar at MLP 1st Battallion at Mawlai Mawiong.

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The incidents of tree feeling were reported at at Rilbong junction near the water supply station and at the graveyard at Lawjynriew, Nongthymmai. As per official reports, there was flooding at Pynthorumkhrah-Nongmensong and two toilets were destroyed at Mawlyngngad village.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the District Disaster Management Authority was held here on Wednesday which was chaired by Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills, Matsiewdor War.

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In the meeting, it was decided to divide Shillong into seven zones and each team has been constituted in the seven zones which are being headed either by the  Magistrate or the Block Development Officer to immediately report about any  disaster in their respective zones. The district authorities of East Khasi Hills have urged the people to remain alert in view of the incessant rain. Government sources said that no casualty was reported from any part of the state.

A weather forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) stated that heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places in Meghalaya on July 11 and 12, and heavy to heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls likely to occur on the July 10 and 13.


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