350+ houses damaged across state due to heavy rain, flooding

Shillong, May 26: Minister in-charge Revenue and Disaster Management Kyrmen Shylla, on Tuesday, informed that a total of 352 houses in 21 villages across the state were damaged due to flash flood caused by heavy rainfall and cyclonic storms.

Shylla said that although there were no deaths reported, a total of 21 villages and 1493 people were affected during the past 24 hours.

On being questioned about one reported death from West Jaintia Hills district, he said that he had received the information but are currently waiting for official report to confirm the incident.

Meanwhile, he revealed that 6 houses out of the 352 houses were fully damaged due to flooding and cyclonic storm and the rest were partially damaged.

“West Garo Hills has been affected after flash flood and cyclonic storm occured in areas under Tikrikilla C&RD block and Demdema on Monday. Hail storm and cyclonic storm also occurred in Mawshynrut, Mawthadraishan and Nongstoin C&RD block under West Khasi Hills District,” he said.

Furthermore, Baghmara, Gasaupara, Rongara and Chokpot C&RD blocks under South Garo Hills and Zikzak C&RD block in South West Garo Hills were also affected due to cyclonic storm and heavy rainfall was witnessed in Bajengdoba under North Garo Hills district.

5 relief camps have been set up to rehabilitate affected families, he said, adding that state disaster response force (SDRF), state police, fire service and boats have been deployed to affected areas.

Responding to a question on whether quarantine centres were also affected, the minister said that details are still being collected as of now.

“We are also waiting for reports on the number of roads being washed away in the affected districts,” he said.

He said that they were also awaiting reports on the number of incidents of landslide in West Jaintia Hills district and others.

Shylla also said that the department is prepared to deal with any eventuality or situation arising due to natural calamity and that the department has sanctioned Rs 25 lakh to each deputy commissioner to deal with such incidents.

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