Shillong (Meghalaya ), Sept 25 : One person was killed and five others were missing when their homes were buried in a landslide triggered by incessant rainfall in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on Friday.
The landslide took place at around 6 am in Dhobighat area in Laban locality .
Body of Razia Ahmed, 38 a woman cricketer who has played for Meghalaya in several national tournaments was retrieved from the debris.
One Cricketer of the state was killed while another is still missing in tragic incident after their residence located in Dhobighat In Laban area was washed away by landslides following incessant rains in the Meghalaya.
According to the Meghalaya Cricket Association (MCA), the cricketers are Razia Ahmed and Firoza Khan.
Firoza was in the standby list of the women Under 23 Meghalaya Team for the season 2019-20. She also represented Shillong Cricket Association in the Womens Open Category Inter-District Tournament in the year 2012.
Meghalaya Cricket Association general secretary Gideon Kharkongor said Razia had represented the state in various tournaments outside the state since 2011-12.
Razia’s teammates have also condoled her sudden demise in the natural calamity.
Meanwhile, incessant rainfall since Monday has left trails of devastation across the state, a state disaster management authority told PTI.
Two workers engaged by the police in clearing the debris at their quarters in Shillong died on Thursday.
Three children were rescued from the debris underneath their home in Mawlai area of the city and another youth was missing after he was swept away by strong currents of the Wahumkhrah river.
Landslides were reported from several areas across the state and PWD workers were pressed into services to clear the debris.
A portion of the Riangdo-Bamil road, a PMGSY road at Mawshynrut-Thaiem and the Mawshynrut-Hahim road affecting traffic movement in West khasi Hillsdistrict.
South Garo Hills was cut off from West Garo Hills Thursday after the Dumnikura timber bridge located on NH-62 directly connecting the two districts got washed away.
West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh, said NH-62 will be closed and the PWD is looking for alternatives to keep Baghmara town in South Garo Hills connected.
“We are making efforts to connect Baghmara from Nengkhra-Siju-Karukol side, Chokpot-Siju side and parallel road from Ramchenga/Dumnikura to Dalu,” he said.
South Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, HB Marak, said restoration of the bridge would take time as the entire section was washed away.
Landslides have also destroyed several village roads and national highways across the state.
NH 44E was partially damaged and debris has blocked the road leading to Nongstoin Civil Hospital in West Khasi
( With Agency inputs )
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