Heavy rainfall takes its toll on Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Aug 11: Meghalaya recorded rainfall of 201.0 millimeters as heavy rains lashed several parts of the state on Friday with reports of damage to property in the city prompting the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) to release water from Umiam Dam.
In Shillong, parts of Langkyrding were inundated with fears of rising problems with the continuance of the ongoing rains.

Heavy rains triggered landslide at Shillong College where parts of the boundary wall was destroyed. In another incident a vehicle was crushed under a tree on Thursday at Upper Shillong.
The Indian meteorological department has also issued a weather warning whereby heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places with isolated extremely heavy falls on August 11 and 12 and heavy rain likely to occur at isolated places on August 13 and 14 over Meghalaya.
 It was also informed that the water level at the Umiam lake was nearing the danger level and as a precautionary measure MeECl opened the gates of the dam at 7 pm on Friday evening.
In West Khasi Hills, the Kynshi River is flowing above its danger level due to incessant rains for the past 3 days and has inundated parts of Kynshi Village.  The Deputy Commissioner of West Khasi Hills, Arunkumar Kembhavi said that various emergency services are kept on high alert throughout the whole district. Officials have also warned those residing near the river and streams especially River Nonbah and River Nongdein to be on alert.
“If necessary, evacuation of people will be done in coordination with the village authority. Regarding the water level, we may request Water Resource and Agriculture department to assist us,” he further said.
Road connectivity in West Khasi Hills district was also severely affected due to landslides caused by the heavy downpour. Some of the worst affected areas were Nongstoin to Riangdo, Kynroh, Nongpyndng and Nongstoin by pass.
Thankfully there have been no reports of any injuries so far.


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