SHILLONG, June 27: In a tragic incident, seven people of whom five are minors were electrocuted in Khliehriat West under East Jaintia hills (EJH) district in the wee hour of Thursday.
It is learnt that heavy down pour led to short circuit which has caused the death of the victims.
The five minors have been identified as Sani Bamon (8), Anita Bamon (12), Bhapaia Bamon (10), Heimonmi Pdang (10) and Lumlang Pdang (6) besides the two adults Rose Mary Bamon (26) and Lastingson Rymbai (27). The seven people hail from Lamyrchiang and Pynurkba village of the district.
“Their bodies have been taken to the Khliehriat CHC for postmortem examination while an enquiry has been set up to probe into causes of the incident,” the district administrator Abhishek Bhagotia said.
He further informed that the incident occurred because an 11 Kv power line reportedly leaked due to heavy rain in the area while adding that the electric leak was transferred to a nearby water pipe that connects directly into the house in which the couple and several students were staying.
Bhogotia further said other students who were also staying on rent in the house at Lad Sutnga in Khliehriat West managed to escape from the house, but the unfortunate seven died due to the electrocution. It is learnt some of those who died were trying the save others but in the process was also electrocuted.