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Three killed, two injured as massive tree falls in Shillong

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 12
Published on 13 Aug. 2017 12:15 AM IST
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Three persons were killed and two others injured when a massive tree in Raj Bhawan compound here uprooted and fell on a few cars plying on the road at around 5 PM on Saturday.
A rescue operation was immediately launched to retrieve persons trapped underneath the tree and inside the cars. Three persons died of their injuries while two persons sustained injury in the mishap, police informed.
“It took about 30 minutes to extricate the first three victims. The identities of the three dead people are yet to be identified and the condition of the two injured are in a critical condition,” Davies Marak, the district police chief of East Khasi Hills, said.
Meanwhile, incessant rains for last five days have wreaked havoc in Meghalaya. Nearly 700 people were rendered homeless in South and West Garo Hills district in western part of Meghalaya as some villages were submerged Saturday under rising flood waters following incessant rains, officials said.
In Garo Hills region, over the 750 people in South Garo Hills district bordering Bangladesh and 63 people under Dalu Block in West Garo Hills district were rendered homeless following flash floods.
However, no loss of life has been reported in the flood-hit areas.
A government official said six relief camps have been set up in the flood-hit areas.
 “Landslides and flood waters have affected the movement of the vehicles,” South Garo Hills district Police chief Abraham T. Sangma said.
 “A police team with the assistance of the Border Security Force has rescued several people trapped in the flood waters in their houses this morning,” Sangma said.
Baghmara police station has also been damaged due to mudslides, he informed.
There were reports of flash floods and landslides in different parts of West Khasi Hills due to incessant rain.
The water level at the Umiam reservoir in Ri- Bhoi district was nearing the danger level and the floodgates of the dam have been opened as a precautionary measure.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has directed the district administration to take all necessary steps in the flood-hit areas.

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