Death count in Meghalaya landslide, flash flood climbs to 18

Shillong, Sept 29: The state has lost 18 lives following incessant rainfall that led to massive landslides and flash floods since last week informed State Disaster Management Authority, Executive Director, I. Mawlong.

Mawlong, also the Joint Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Department revealed that four more are still missing.

The body of one who drowned at Wah Umbahtyrkhang in Sohiong on Monday was recovered today.

The Meghalaya Government on Tuesday announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs. 4 lakhs each to the kin of all the victims who passed away due to the recent landslide and flash floods across the state.

In the Lower Lumparing case which occurred Friday, the body of four out of the five persons who were buried in the landslide were retrieved. The body of two, late cricketer Rezia Ahmed and Saira Ahmed were recovered the same day.

However, the SDRF team had to stop search, after it was found that a victim identified as Feroza Khan tested positive for COVID-19, when her body was brought to NEIGRIHMS for post-mortem last Saturday.

In the Wahumkrah case, Directorate of Civil Defence & Home Guards, Public Relations Officer Paul H Shylla informed that SDRF recovered the body of the man from Mawdun, Lynti Rim near Umiam Lake on Sunday.

Meanwhile, incessant rainfall has affected over 50 villages and around 1300 people across the state.