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Two killed as incessant rains trigger landslides in Meghalaya

PTI  Shillong, August 15, 2014
First Published: 19:35 IST(15/8/2014) | Last Updated: 19:44 IST(15/8/2014)

Two children were killed and three others were injured after their houses collapsed in two different places in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills on Friday after incessant rains in the past 36 hours caused landslides, the police said.

At least 100 people living in and around the banks of Umkhrah River in the state capital have also been evacuated after the water swelled triggering floods in some areas, they said.

"12-year-old S Thabah and her six year-old sister were killed in Mawdngung village after their houses were washed by landslips," East Khasi Hills district SP M Kharkrang told PTI.

He said three men were rescued in Keatinge road area in the state capital after the wall of their house collapsed.

The trio were rescued by the police and were admitted in the Shillong Civil Hospital for treatment.

There were at least seven reported landslips in the district in the past 24 hours with at least five on Friday, Kharkrang said.

East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal said the district administration had evacuated over 100 people living along both its banks after the Umkhrah River has swelled above danger marks and they were rehabilitated at a community hall nearby.

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