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Floodwater recedes in M’laya; five dead

Correspondent TURA (MEGHALAYA), JUL 18 | Publish Date: 7/18/2020 12:29:36 PM IST

Thousands of people are living in makeshift shelters in the flood-hit areas of western Meghalaya after over 30,406 households were submerged in floodwater, officials said on Saturday.

Five persons including a woman and four children have died and around 1.52 lakh people have been affected in the flood so far.

"The floodwaters have shown signs of receding and we are hopeful that the overall situation will improve in the days to come," West Garo Hills District Magistrate, Ram Singh said. 

Singh informed that 21 relief camps have been set up in the highland areas to accommodate the displaced people. The Jingiram, one the major rivers in the Garo Hills, caused havoc due to the sudden back flow of the Brahmaputra, inundating the low-lying areas. Three Community and Rural Development Blocks that include Tikrikilla, Demdema and Selsella have been badly affected,  the official said. The flood waters also swept away livestock, foodgrain besides damaging standing crops.

Meanwhile, health authorities have cautioned the outbreak of diseases, especially in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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