Shillong (Meghalaya) , July 13 : Mawlynnong, the ‘cleanest village in Asia’ , is submerged by a flood that has taken place due to the incessant rain experienced in the state for the past few days.
Mawlynnong is known for its cleanliness. The waste is collected in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit and then used as manure.
A community initiative mandates that all residents should participate in cleaning up the village. Smoking and use of polythene is banned while rainwater harvesting is encouraged.
The travel magazine Discover India declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003, and the cleanest in India in 2005. This reputation has boosted local tourism.
As Meghalaya is experiencing heavy rainfall since a few days and this tourist hotspot is also submerged due to heavy downpour.
This is the season when maximum number of tourists make it to Mawlynnong during the summer holidays.
Not only Mawlynnong majority of the tourist spots in the state are either submerged by flash floods making it difficult for the tourists to plan their holidays .
Meanwhile, the state Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has assured that all necessary measures will be taken as a precautionary intervention in the wake of flood in plain belt areas of the hill state.