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Two killed, lakhs affected in Meghalaya floods

Correspondent Shillong, Jul 18 | Publish Date: 7/18/2019 11:57:23 AM IST
Two people were killed and over one lakh persons have been the affected by floods in the Brahmaputra and Jingiram rivers, the waters of which have inundated 136 villages in western part of Meghalaya, an official said on Thursday.
A Meghalaya government official said 52 relief camps have been set up to accommodate those affected in West Garo Hills district and South West Garo Hills district.
Jingiram, one the major rivers in the Garo Hills, caused the havoc due to sudden backflow of water in the Brahmaputra in Assam.
A woman and an infant lost their lives after they fell into the flood waters outside their homes in Fakirpara and Daspara under Mahendraganj assembly constituency, South West Garo Hills District Magistrate, Ram Kumar  said. Kumar said the National Disaster Response Force has been called to assist the affected people.
Disaster and Management Minister Kyrmen Shylla said that floodwaters have shown signs of receding in Phulbari and Rajabala areas in West Garo Hills district.
“We  are hopeful that the overall situation will improve in the days to come, and the government has taken immediate steps to help the affected persons in the  flooded areas,” Shylla said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said the flood has disabled the life and livelihoods of people and urged the citizens of the state and the country to come together in support for the affected persons by donating towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
“While my government through the various district administrations is doing its best in providing relief measures, we cannot do this alone. Your donation and support as citizens of the state will not only help us rebuild the community but reach out further in aid of our people,” Sangma said.
Health authorities in the Garo Hills on Monday said they feared an epidemic if precautions are not take after floodwaters recede. “We are apprehending that many water-borne diseases might break out in the flood-hit areas once the water-level starts receding in the next 10 to 15 days,” a health official said.
The medical department has also announced precautionary measures to check the outbreak of diseases.
Public Health Engineering (PHE) officials have distributed chlorine tablets and bleaching powder among the people to prevent any outbreak of water-borne diseases.
 

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