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5 killed, 9 injured in Meghalaya landslide

Guwahati, June 18 (IBNS):-- At least five people, including a couple, were killed and two others went missing in a massive landslides in Meghalaya’s Umiam area on Saturday morning.


Nine persons were injured in the landslide incident.


They were immediately rushed to hospital.


The incident took place at Tharia village under Umiam police station triggered by heavy rains in past couple of days.


A top official of Meghalaya police said  five bodies have been recovered, who were trapped by mud following landslides.


Among the deceased, three were identified as Loba Mahanta, Babi Mahanta (both hailing from Assam’s Baska district and newly married couple) and Shanti Lama.




 More people are suspected to be trapped under mud.


A top police official said  two persons named Kristina Lama and Rina Lama (mother and daughter) are still missing.


Rescue team of Meghalaya State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Home Guards and police with the help of local villagers, are engaged to rescue the missing persons.


On the other hand, nine persons named Sing Lama, Yam Kumar, Umesh Sharma, Seena Sharma, Lata Lama, Bunti Lama, Amita Dairy, Chandan Padmini were injured in the massive landslides.


“Among them six were admitted at Shillong based civil hospital, while two were rushed to ganesh Das hospital and rest one admitted at NEIGRIHMS hospital,” the police official said.


Meanwhile, Meghalaya government has ordered a magisterial inquiry to be headed by Kum D Phawa, MCS (ADM of Ri-Bhoi district) to probe the incident.

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