One killed, 5034 people affected due to heavy rain and cyclonic storm

Shillong, May 26: IN Meghalaya, one person was killed following incessant rain even as cyclonic storm wreaked havoc in several parts of the state and affected over 5000 people and 35 villages in the last 24 hours.

The weather office has cautioned of heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in isolated places in East Khasi Hills, West Jaiñtia Hills, South West Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi and East Jaiñtia Hills districts of the state on Wednesday. It also predicted thunderstorms with gusty wind in South West Garo Hills, West Garo Hills, South Garo Hills, East Garo Hills and North Garo Hills on Wednesday.

Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Kyrmen Shylla on Tuesday said that West Garo Hills, North Garo Hills, West Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills, East Jaiñtia Hills and West Jaintia Hills are the worst affected district because of incessant rain triggered by cyclone Amphan.

The State has been experiencing heavy showers, and cyclonic storm in various districts, triggering landslides, flash floods and washing off of roads and bridges.

The downpour disrupted electricity and water supply in several areas including collapse of houses, trees in several villages of East Khasi Hills district.

“One person identified as Bringson Rani drowned at Ktieh Madan stream of Madanbitaw villag under Sohiong Community and Rural Development Block in East Khasi Hills district due to incessant rain,” Shylla said.

He said a total of 5,034 people and 35 villages in the seven districts have been affected in the last 24 hours and five relief camps have been set up to accommodate the displaced people.

Shylla said that 420 houses have been either fully and partially damaged, and the government is yet to ascertain the total number of crops affected following incessant rains.

“The State Disaster Rescue Force has been dispatched, and assessment of the damage is still on,” the minister said.

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