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Meghalaya: Heavy rains, landslides wreak havoc in many parts of the state

Heavy rainfall since last evening has wreaked havoc causing multiple landslides in many parts of Meghalaya. The Meteorological Department has stated that moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal is responsible for the unseasonal downpour.

The rain has caused multiple instances of landslides, waterlogging and flooding in many parts of Shillong city and other district headquarters disrupting transportation and others. In the capital city, the traffic came to a standstill for several hours in the morning owing to flooding on roads.

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Reports have suggested damages to many households, roads and buildings though the extent of the losses is yet to be known. In Jowai, West Jaintia Hills district four houses were severely damaged due to heavy downpour. The weather forecast suggests that rain is expected to continue for the next four to five days, though the spread and intensity may vary.

Meanwhile, the District Disaster Management Authority of East Khasi Hills district has issued an advisory to the residents of the district to follow certain precautionary measures following the incessant rain.

 

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