Tura (Meghalaya):Landslides has been one of the major issues of concern in the hilly region of Meghalya's Garo Hills sector situated in India's Northeast which has become an yearly feature during monsoons every year. Sensing danger , Disaster Management experts have issued guidelines to the residents of Garo Hills in Meghalaya to plant more trees , as this would minimize the causes of landslides to a large extent. However the irony is that , the people of this region, has no basic knowledge about landslides.
The Disaster Management experts have alerted the people of the region to become more aware and follow the measures recommended by the government.
P. Marak, a senior officer from DDMO ,South Garo Hills,told www.southasiaviews.com that there is an urgent need to create awareness among people through various awareness campaign on Natural calamity in the Garo Hills sector of Meghalaya.
Marak said, “People should be informed about the landslides due to cutting down of logs, destruction of natural herbs and deforestation which would create a vulnerable situation in the region, if preventive measures are not taken right now .”
The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy showers, along with thunderstorms in the area in the coming weeks.
“During rainy season, the land becomes wet and moist, following which landslides occur. Parts of Baghmara like Rongtragre village, Baghmara Bazaar area, Badambari village, Masighat, Karwani village, Balsrigittim and Rongaram region in South Garo Hills are prone to landslides . We can grow deep-rooted grass in the region and plant more trees; terrace cutting can be another option to minimize the risk of landslides,” added Mr. Marak.
Anjali Marak a resident North Garo Hills said "Rari area, Snalgre area, areas between Gokulgre and Bajengduba, Kharkutta area are prone to landslides. Moreover, Jhum cultivation is practised in the areas of Rari and Snalgre and the region has no trees and during rainy seasons the soil of the hills slides down.”
Raksin Sangma a retired school teacher from East Garo Hills said, “The areas of Nogilawe, Balritiggim, Kusimkolgre, Mengsamgre, Kolmesamgre, Warimagre, Samgomg, Darimgre, Amtamgre are landslide prone and the region needs immediate attention as they are near to district headquarters.”