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West Garo Hills of Meghalaya Reels Under Flood Fury

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SHILLONG: Incessant rain across Meghalaya for the last several days flooded the plains of West Garo Hills affecting more than one lakh people in the district.

Rising waters of Brahmaputra and Jinjiram rivers, which flow from Assam, submerged the low-lying areas West Garo Hills, severely inundating the district. The Meghalaya government on Sunday announced seven days of Gratuitous Relief (GR) for the flood-affected people of West Garo Hills district, Singh said.

A total of 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, officials said. While the government is monitoring the situation, the Meghalaya health Department has sounded an alert in all the flood-affected areas and a team has been assigned for mitigation.

“We have communicated to the DC and put areas on alert have. Our team is ready to deal with any eventuality,” Health Minister AL Hek.

Meanwhile, rainfall continues to cause havoc in the northeastern state as the Met Department predicts heavy rainfall over the Assam-Meghalaya belt for the next two days. Efforts are on to evacuate the flood victims and take them to safer locations.

“We are continuously monitoring the situation and will keep the people informed if the situation worsens,” Hek said.

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