Rain wreaks havoc in city

By Our Reporter

 

Landslide damages a boundary wall following heavy rain at Mawtawar near NEHU on Monday. (UB)

SHILLONG: The heavy downpour in the city over the last few days has led to destruction of houses, retaining walls, drains and roads in various places, especially the Mawlai area.

Several areas in Mawlai like Mawtawar, Umshing-Mawkynroh were affected by the torrential rainfall which hit the city on Saturday evening and later resumed on Sunday evening, lasting for a few hours causing flash floods in these areas.

Many houses were damaged due to landslide. Vehicles, both two wheelers and four wheelers were carried away in the flood. Situations took a turn for the worse with the collapse of retaining walls even as roads flooded on account of poor drainage and developed pot holes. Water pipes in the area were also damaged.

According to sources, a car was carried away a few meters from the home. A new Pulsar bike was also carried away and is yet to be found. A house was submerged to half its height in Mawkynroh, Umjarain area.

Paddy fields along the road leading to NEHU were affected as flood waters submerged the crops at Umsohlang area and few other places.

Former Mawlai MLA, PT Sawkmie along with functionaries from two Dorbar Shnongs of Mawtawar Pyllun and Mawkynroh-Umshing inspected the areas especially houses of the affected families on Monday and urged the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills to extend relief to the affected families.

Sawkmie also requested the BDO of Mylliem Block to submit the report at the earliest to Deputy Commissioner in connection to the damages so that immediate assistance could be extended to the affected families and farmers.

Sawkmie also called upon the PWD to initiate steps to repair the damaged roads and reconstruct the collapsed walls while asking the PHE to restore water supply to the affected villages following the destruction of water pipes.