Meghalaya floods: 52 killed, CM seeks Rs 200 assistance

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Meghalaya floods: 52 killed
Shillong, Sept 29: At least 52 people were killed while property worth several crores of rupees were damaged in the flash floods and landslides in Meghalaya, state's Deputy Chief Minister Roytre C Laloo said on Monday.

"Official figures have indicated that 52 persons lost their lives, mostly in the Garo Hills region, and properties including road, houses, livestock and agriculture worth about Rs 2,000 crore got damaged," Laloo told PTI.

Laloo, who is also in charge of Revenue department, said the government was still waiting to receive a full report on the damage.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has already asked a Rs 200 crore relief aid from the Centre to fight the disaster and help in re-building the state.

Flood waters receded in many places and the people who had left their marooned houses in many areas were trying to return home, officials of North Garo Hills, the worst-affected district, said.

The water level in the Brahmaputra and its tributary, the Jingram, which submerged over 1,100 villages in 27 blocks of the state, receded to a large extent, the officials said, according to the PTI.

Road connectivity and water and power supply remained disrupted in many areas as a result. Repair work was on.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced rs 2 lakh as ex-gratia payment to the relatives of those killed in the natural calamity and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured.

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