Unrelenting rain leaves a trail of destruction in Garo Hills

Tura, Jul 19: Incessant showers, in the morning of Sunday have left a trail of destruction in Garo Hills, Meghalaya.

The unrelenting rains this morning left many areas to landslides in the hills, while the plains saw a recurrence of water rise, after it had subsided in the past two days.

The Ganol River, as per reports has breached the danger mark in many places leading to fears that many places in South West Garo Hills would now come under water. With very heavy rains being forecast over the coming days, the worst is yet to get over.

In the town of Tura itself, a section of a house of a local businessman in Fancy Valley was washed away while the Babupara switch gate, saw water going over the gate, rather than below it.

As a precaution all district administrations have advised people to not venture out unnecessarily and strictly not go near streams and rivers.

Rains in NGH have ensured all rivers flowing through the district were above the danger mark with the subway in Soksan being run over by water.

Further, the SWGH administration has also been asked to expect the worst after rains continued overnight and is likely to continue for some time.

The administration has announced GR for 4 days for about 9 villages that have severely affected by the current deluge. More reports of the area are still awaited.

The worst affected for now are the people who are already reeling under flood waters in the 3 C&RD Blocks of Demdema, Tikrikilla and Selsella. More than 1.5 lakh people have already been affected with the current rains likely to increase the number further.

“The water level had come down in the past two days and we were hoping things would get better but with rains arriving once again, there is a fear of flash flooding as well as an increase in water levels of the Brahmaputra and Jinjiram Rivers. The situation is scary,” confided one SR Sangma from Phulbari.

With GR being announced for just one week, many have questioned whether the state government and the local administration were serious enough to tackle the situation.