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Meghalaya floods toll rises to 21

Meghalaya floods toll rises to 21
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Twenty-one persons have lost their lives and another 24 are feared dead after being reported missing in flood affected areas of Garo Hills region in Meghalaya, according to state government officials.

Shillong: Twenty-one persons have lost their lives and another 24 are feared dead after being reported missing in flood affected areas of Garo Hills region in Meghalaya, according to state government officials.

Incessant rains for the last 36 hours has affected more than three lakh people and more than 20,000 people were camping in relief camps, they said on Tuesday.
A man pulling his rickshaw through the flood water in Anil Nagar area of Guwahati on Tuesday
At least three districts in Garo Hills region have been declared worst-affected. Here in Shillong, a landslide has killed at least eight persons, including two women, in Mawbah area on the outskirts of the city, East Khasi Hills SP M Kharkrang said.

Seventeen persons were feared dead in North Garo Hills district's Kharkutta area even as the bodies of five persons were retrieved from different places, district Additional SP Ramesh Singh said.

Seven persons have died in South West Garo Hills district and another seven were feared dead in neighbouring West Garo Hills district after they were reported missing, an official said. In all, 12,000 persons were shifted to 29 relief camps set up in South West Garo Hills district alone, district deputy commissioner Ram Singh said. In North Garo Hills district and West Garo Hills district, several relief camps have been set up and officials are awaiting reports for an exact number of persons lodged in those camps.


Two teams of NDRF squads have arrived with eight boats in North Garo Hills district for search and rescue operations even as the BSF and the Air Force are carrying out similar operations in West Garo Hills district and South West Garo Hills district.

Assam affected
In Assam, heavy rains have left several villages in Goalpara, Dhubri, Lakhimpur and Kamrup (rural) districts inundated.

All educational institutions in the state capital of Guwahati will remain closed in view of water-logging in most parts of the city. The district administration has also ordered for exams to be rescheduled.

"Guwahati has received 135 mm rainfall in the past one day compared to 60 mm in June," said a statement issued on Monday by the office of CM Tarun Gogoi.

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