One lakh hit in Meghalaya floods

Shillong, Sep 30: Nearly one lakh people were affected in Meghalaya Sunday after the swollen Brahmaputra and Jingiram rivers submerged over 100 villages, an official said. No loss of life has been reported so far.

The Jingiram, one the major rivers in the Garo Hills, caused havoc due to the sudden back flow of the Brahmaputra, inundating the low-lying areas.

“About 91,000 people have been affected by the flash flood in 114 villages in the plains of Garo Hills due to the sudden back flow of the Brahmaputra river,” West Garo Hills’ Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi told IANS.

He said that about 40,000 people have been displaced after several households and agricultural crops, particularly the paddy, were submerged, he added.

The Rajabala police outpost also has been affected with the flood waters rushing into it.

“We have requisitioned 10 boats for rescuing people,” he said.

Bakshi said that 14 relief camps had been set up.

“We have also geared up to provide relief to the flood affected people for five days, while the agriculture officials had also surveyed the damaged crops,” he said.