Nine killed, over 5,000 displaced in Meghalaya floods

Shillong: Two more persons were killed on Wednesday and another was said to be missing in flash floods and landslides triggered by unprecedented rainfall here, taking the toll to nine, official sources said today.

23-year-old Jarbish Sangma was swept away by flood waters in Selsella, while 66-year-old Abinash Marak died in Garobandha area.

One person was missing in Tura and believed to have been swept away, Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said.

Over 5,000 people - around 3,000 in Selsella area and 2,000 in Garobadha area - were displaced as the Ganol and Jinjiram rivers overflowed, inundating large tracts of inhabited and cultivated lands in West Garo Hills district after breaching their embankments, sources said.

Six relief camps have been set up at Garobadha, Rangatpara, Garodoba, Hariogaon, Mukdagre and Sankargiri and about 2,000 persons have been provided shelter there, a government statement said.

The district administration will be releasing rice, dal and salt for the affected people, Goyal said.

An amount of Rs 30 lakh from the Calamity Relief Fund has already been placed with the Deputy Commissioner as advance to meet the contingency.

An additional amount of Rs 10 lakh is being released to enable the District Administration to organise effective relief to all the affected areas and people, the statement said.