SHILLONG, August 11, 2017: Meghalaya recorded rainfall of 201.0 millimeter as heavy rains lashed several parts of the state on Friday with reports of damage to property in the city prompting the MeECL to release water from Umiam Dam besides threat of flood in certain areas of West Khasi Hills.
Heavy rains triggered landslide at Shillong College where parts of the boundary wall was destroyed. In another incident a vehicle was crushed under a tree yesterday at Upper Shillong
The Indian meteorological department has also issued a weather warning whereby heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places with isolated extremely heavy falls on august 11 and 12 and heavy rain likely to occur at isolated places on august 13 and 14 over Meghalaya.
It was also informed that the water level at the Umiam lake was nearing the danger level and as a precautionary measures MeECl opened the gates of the dam at 7 pm in the evening.
In West Khasi Hills, the Kynshi River is flowing above its danger level due to Incessant rains for the past 3 days and inundated Kynshi Village. Deputy Commissioner of West Khasi Hills, Arunkumar Kembhavi said that various emergency services are kept on high alert throughout the whole district. Officials have also warned residents residing near the river streams especially River Nonbah and River Nongdein to be on alert. He further said. “If necessary evacuation of people will be done in corordination with the Village community.. Regarding water level we may request Water Resource and Agriculture department to assist us.”
Road connectivity in West Khasi Hills district was also severely affected due to landslides caused by the heavy downpour. Some of the worst affected areas were Nongstoin to Riangdo, Kynroh, Nongpyndng and Nongstoin by pass. There is no report of any injury to life or limb.