Lady cricketer Razia Ahmed killed, 5 lacking as landslide buries a number of properties in Meghalaya

Shillong, September 25

Woman cricketer Razia Ahmed was killed and five others were missing when their homes were buried in a landslide triggered by incessant rainfall in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on Friday, officials said.

The landslide took place at around 6 am in Mawnei locality of the district, they said.

Body of Razia, who has played for Meghalaya in several national-level cricket tournaments, was retrieved from the debris, they said.

“The body of Razia Ahmed, 30, was retrieved from the debris. Five other persons are still missing,” Mawnei locality headman Bah Bud told PTI.

East Khasi Hills district Superintendent of Police, Sylvester Nongtynger said a police team and home guards’ team is part of the search and rescue operations soon after they were informed of the mishap.

Meghalaya Cricket Association general secretary Gideon Kharkongor said Razia had represented the state in various national-level tournaments since 2011-12.

Razia also played for Meghalaya in a tournament organised by the BCCI last year, Kharkongor said.

Razia’s teammates have also condoled her sudden demise in the natural calamity.

“We will miss Razia and we pray that her soul finds eternal rest,” cricketer Kakoli Chakraborty said.

Meanwhile, incessant rainfall since Monday has left trails of devastation across the state, a state disaster management authority official told PTI.

Two workers engaged by the police in clearing the debris at their quarters in Shillong died on Thursday, officials said.

Three children were rescued from the debris underneath their home in Mawlai area of the city and another youth was missing after he was swept away by strong currents of the Wahumkhrah river.

Landslides were reported from several areas across the state and PWD workers were pressed into service to clear the debris.

A portion of the Riangdo-Bamil road, at Mawshynrut- Thaiem and the Mawshynrut-Hahim road were damaged affecting traffic movement in West Khasi Hills district.

South Garo Hills was cut off from West Garo Hills Thursday after the Dumnikura timber bridge located on NH-62 directly connecting the two districts got washed away.

West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh, said NH-62 will be closed and the PWD is looking for alternatives to keep Baghmara town in South Garo Hills connected.

“We are making efforts to connect Baghmara from Nengkhra-Siju-Karukol side, Chokpot-Siju side and the parallel road from Ramchenga/Dumnikura to Dalu,” he said.

South Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner HB Marak said the restoration of the bridge would take time as the entire section was washed away.

Landslides have also destroyed several village roads and national highways across the state. NH 44E was partially damaged and debris has blocked the road leading to Nongstoin Civil Hospital in West Khasi Hills district. PTI

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