As landslide hits a village in Meghalaya on Saturday, three people were killed while two others were reported missing. As per reports, the landslides were triggered by incessant rains for the past few days.
The incident occurred at Tharia, some 20 km downhill of state capital Shillong, in Ri Bhoi district at around 4:30 am. Those hit by the tragedy hailed from Assam and Nepal. The landslides wiped away their houses. Some labourers of an industrial unit were also staying there along with their family members.
According to officials, the departed are Laba Mahanta, Bobi Mahanta and Shanti Lama. While Kristina Lama and her daughter Rina Lama are reported missing and are feared to be trapped under loads of mud. Those who were injured have been admitted to three hospitals in Shillong.
“The rescue operation carried out by the State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF) of the Meghalaya Homeguard had to be temporarily stopped due to the heavy downpour and increase in the flow of water,” said Public relation officer of Directorate of Civil Defence and Homeguards Paul Shylla.