Guwahati: Predicting extremely heavy rainfall, India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued a red alert in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya for the next 2 days. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has also sounded an alert for landslides and flood prone areas after prolonged incessant rains across the state, temporarily affecting surface communication.
Weather department stated that an east-west trough runs from southeast Uttar Pradesh to Manipur across Bihar, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Assam and Meghalaya at 0.9 km above the mean sea level. While issuing the red alert the IMD warned of light to moderate rainfall at most places in Assam and Meghalaya with isolated heavy to very heavy with extremely heavy rainfall. Similar will be the rainfall intensity in Arunachal on Saturday.
Landslides kill 4 persons in Meghalaya
At least four persons, including three members of a family and a two-and-a-half-year old child, were buried alive in landslides in two different places in Meghalaya`s Garo Hills on Thursday, informed State disaster management officials.
The officials said that the first incident took place in Gambegre block in West Garo Hills where three members of a family were killed in the landslide triggered by incessant rain. Two other members of the family survived and were taken to a hospital.
The second incident took place in the Betasing region in South-West Garo Hills where a child was killed. The landslides were triggered by non-stop rain since Wednesday.