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IAF helicopters drop relief materials in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills

The Indian Air Force (IAF) pressed three helicopters into service from Advance Landing Ground in Shillong to drop relief materials.

Due to unprecedented rainfall and landslides in Meghalaya, several bridges around East Garo hills have been completely washed away isolating the region.

Amid the critical situation, the Indian Air Force (IAF) pressed three helicopters into service from Advance Landing Ground in Shillong to drop relief materials to Maheshkola, Mahadev, and Siju.

At least 6 sorties were flown and 2.4 tons of relief items were taken to Maheshkola.

IAF drops relief materials in Garo Hills

Floods and landslides have wreaked havoc in the Northeastern region disrupting communication and throwing normal life out of gear.

Earlier, Heavy rains have cut off the Guwahati-Silchar route via Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills leaving scores of vehicles stranded on both sides.

In Lumshnong in East Jaintia Hills, communication has been disrupted after a part of the National Highway 6 collapsed due to raging waters flowing along the route.

Following the incident, the East Jaintia Hills police closed the road to heavy vehicles. Besides necessary assistance is being provided to stranded pasengers and drivers.

Not only this but incessant rains had also triggered landslides in the Sonapur area in East Jaintia Hills.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma reviewed the prevailing situation and held discussions with officials of the respective district administrations.

In the meeting, it was decided that 4 regional committees would be formed to monitor and take swift action as and when necessary if heavy rainfall leads to serious consequences.

First Published: 23rd June, 2022 15:12 IST

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