Heavy downpour continues to trigger landslides, flashfloods in Meghalaya

Shillong July 10: Heavy rain continued to lash several parts of Meghalaya on Wednesday triggering landslides and flashfloods that destroyed properties and agricultural crops.
Many places witnessed heavy landslides that destroyed not only roads but caused retaining walls to collapse.

A number of vehicles both four wheelers and two wheelers – parked near the retaining wall at Lumpyngngad here were trapped in debris due to collapse of the retaining wall.

Plain areas continued to get inundated like Pynthorumkhrah area, Polo area. No report of people being evacuated.

In West Khasi Hills district, paddy fields also flooded including the field at Kynshi area, besides Nongstoiñ town.

Plain areas of Garo Hills, roads and few houses were damaged especially in Selsella block due to flowing of strong flood water.

The water levels in streams and rivers including Umshyrpi river and Umkhrah river in Shillong city receded in the evening on Wednesday due to light rain, but soared again at night because heavy downpour continued.

An agricultural field at Mawlai Umshing-Umjapung opposite the North Eastern Hill University was flooded since Tuesday and paddy fields have been filled with mud.

Footpaths in the area were also damaged by flash floods.

Executive member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council who represents Mawlai constituency, Teiborlang Pathaw inspected the affected area on Wednesday morning.

Revenue and disaster management minister, Kyrmen Shylla said that reports were being collected on the actual damages due to heavy rain all over the state.

He said that assessment would be conduct on damaged caused to crops and paddy fileds

“We received reports that many plain areas of the state especially in Garo Hills were severely affected by flash floods, besides major and minor landslides all over the state. Roads were also destroyed by landslides in many places,” Shylla said.