Dist admin ready for emergency as rain lashes city

SHILLONG: As heavy rain continues to lash the city and other parts, the East Khasi Hills District Administration has asked the Disaster Management Authority to be on alert.
The threat of landslides and wall collapse looms large in vulnerable areas of the city and its adjoining places that received more than 70mm rainfall in the past three days. The India Meteorological Department has predicted more rain till September 25. It has forecast heavy rain in isolated parts of Assam and Meghalaya on Thursday.
East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner PS Dkhar said the District Disaster Management Authority will swing into action in case of a disaster.
Other departments like Forest, MeECL, PWD, Fire and Emergency Services have also been asked to be ready for emergency, said Dkhar and added that the District Administration would update citizens on IMD alerts.
In September 2015, two women were buried alive under debris following a landslide at Lama Villa area in the city after heavy rainfall. A year earlier, eight people lost their lives in a landslide at Barapathar (Mawbah) following incessant rain.

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