Meghalaya Flood Affects 1.14 Lakh People

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At least 1.14 lakh people in Meghalaya were affected due to the incessant rain across the state for the last seven days, which led to the rise in waters of two rivers and which eventually flooded the plains of West Garo Hills district.

In total 57,700 people, residents of 50 villages in Demdema block and over 66,400, residents of 104 villages in Selsella block have been affected due to the floods.

It may be mentioned here that rising waters of the Brahmaputra and the Jinjiram rivers, both flowing from Assam, submerged the low-lying areas of the district.

Meanwhile, the low-lying areas of Meghalaya Shillong were also flooded.

"A flood-like situation was created in the low-lying areas of the city," the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, MW Nongbri said.

The Meghalaya government on Sunday announced seven days of Gratuitous Relief (GR) for the flood-affected people of West Garo Hills district, an official said.

Efforts are on to evacuate the flood victims and take them to safer locations, the official said.

State Chief Minister Conrad Sangma conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Sunday due to inclement weather.

"We are continuously monitoring the situation and will keep the people informed if the situation worsens," said Phulbari MLA SG Esmatur Mominin.

"We have seen the effect of the flood on the people and have come to help them at this time," Selsella MLA FCA Sangma.

It is worth mentioning here that she canceled a programme in Kolkata and reached her constituency on Sunday morning to take stock of the situation.

Proper arrangements have been made for providing drinking water and other relief materials.

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