Two landslides claim 7 lives in State

JOWAI/SHILLONG Altogether, seven persons were killed in the past five days due to landslide occurred in East Jaintia Hills and East Khasi Hills separately.
While on Saturday, four persons were killed at Rattacherra village, three persons who were sleeping in their respective houses at Sohra were washed away on June 9 midnight.
In the landslide that occurred on Saturday evening at around 4. 30 pm at Rattacherra village, East Jaintia Hills, four persons died on the spot and three others were injured . Heavy rainfall was the reason for the landslide which occurred at around 4:30 pm.
In East Jainita Hills, while two persons identified as Everyone Najiar (61), and Delini Amse (45) died after their houses were washed away in the landslide, two members of the family, Dimiat Pohshna (47) and her daughter Pdianghun Pohshna died due to the collapse of their tea shop . However, Pdianghun ‘s father Ram Kripal Gupta, a woman identified as Taimon Lyngdoh and a truck driver who were in the tea shop sustained injuries.
Sources informed that the deceased mother and her daughter were running the tea shop close to the office of the Infiltration check gate. In East Khasi Hills, on June 9 midnight, a landslide occurred at Mawlatang village under Sohra in which three persons namely Maskel Riahtam (50), Rishai Khongdup and Skhemborlang Syngai (8), who were sleeping in their respective houses were swept away to Umtrew River.
On June. 10, the body of Skhemborlang Syngai was fished out from the river and on Saturday at around 2.45 pm, the body of another victim Rishai Khongdup was fished out from near Pillar No. 1249/4-S at Bholaganj, East Khas Hills. The body of Maskel Riahtam is still missing. Search and rescue operation is on, police said.
In East Jaintia Hills, three houses including the office of the Reattacherra Infiltration check gate were covered with debris – mud and boulders on Saturday. The National highway NH – 44 was blocked and hundreds of vehicles were stranded all along the road.
Police said that efforts are on to restore the traffic affected by the landslide.
According to the headman Khamsngur Pohiing, four houses including the tea stall were washed away more than 100 feet down.
The BSF personnel of 19th battalion based at Rattacherra led by Commanding Officer, Ashinta Sardar helped the villagers to retrieve the bodies of all the victims. (Source:theshillongtimes)

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