Landslides strike Meghalaya village; 3 killed, 2 missing

The tragedy struck the victims, who were from Assam and Nepal, while they were asleep.

Published: 17th June 2017 07:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th June 2017 07:19 PM   |  A+A-

Photo: EPS

Express News Service

GUWAHATI: Three people were killed while two others were reported missing after landslides, triggered by incessant rains for the past few days, struck a Meghalaya village on Saturday.

The incident occurred at Tharia, some 20 km downhill of state capital Shillong, in Ri Bhoi district at around 4:30 am.

The tragedy struck the victims, who were from Assam and Nepal, while they were asleep. The landslides wiped away their houses. Some labourers of an industrial unit were also staying there along with their family members.

Photo: EPS

According to officials, the deceased are Laba Mahanta, Bobi Mahanta and Shanti Lama. Others, Kristina Lama and her daughter Rina Lama, reported missing, were feared trapped under loads of mud. At least people who were injured have been admitted to three hospitals in Shillong.

Ri Bhoi deputy commissioner (district magistrate), CP Gotmare, told The New Indian Express that a magisterial inquiry had been ordered into the incident.

“Three persons have been confirmed dead while two others were reported missing. Some labourers were staying there along with family members. We’ve to find out if they were encroaching upon the area because the houses are close to a river. In September last year, we had carried out a drive against encroachment and evicted some labourers,” he said.

The magisterial inquiry would be headed by ADM Kum D Phawa, he said.

Meanwhile, rescue works, which had been suspended earlier in the day due to heavy rains, were resumed. Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the Fire Brigade were carrying out the rescue operations.

The Northeast has battered by incessant rains for the past week. Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura recorded heavy to very heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours. Several localities of Guwahati have been flooded following Friday night’s heavy rains.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL2018