City witnesses falling of two big trees from Raj Bhavan

Shillong, Aug 14: Shillong City has seen two incidents where two big trees from Raj Bhavan had fallen on city roads, leading to loss of lives and properties.

The first incident was on May 30 when a decayed tree from Raj Bhavan fell on the road behind the Governor’s House. There was no casualty, though few vehicles passing through the road behind the Governor’s House near YWCA were partially damaged.
The second incident on August 12 was a tragic one, as a tree from Raj Bhavan got uprooted and fell on the road near All India Radio office. The tall tree crushed cars on road, and killed three people, while two were injured.
The tragic incident has compelled the state forest department to wake up by appealing the general public, other government departments, institutions, organizations and schools to provide information about trees that pose danger to human life and property.
A statement issued by divisional forest officer Khasi Hills (territorial) division, provided helpline numbers- 9436999102, 9436999145, 9436998362 – so that people can contact officials of the forest department to facilitate felling of trees that posed danger to human life and property in Shillong city.
On June 12, a tree had also fallen on the road near Shillong Municipal Board office. The tree mangled a Maruti car (ML 05-C-9222) that was parked on the road, but there was no loss of life.
Similarly, on July 19, a tree fell on the road near St. Mary’s College here causing damaged to an SPTS bus and two other vehicles parked on the road.

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