Two people were feared dead after they went missing in the Umbah-Umtyrkhang River in Lyngkhoi village today.
According to police, one Romarsing Mawlein (40) first fell into the river and, in an attempt to save him, one Madan Lyngkhoi also went missing underwater.
Efforts to search for the two were limited on Monday as information was received late. The search will continue tomorrow by the Sohiong Fire and Emergency personnel, Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtnger said.
Meanwhile, it was announced that two bodies were recovered from the landslide that struck the Lower Lumparing area on Friday. The body of Imdad Nongrum was recovered by police in Mawdun, under Ri-Bhoi district, where it had been swept away, while a State Disaster Response Force team recovered the body of Feroza Khan.
The toll from the calamity is now four with one person still missing, feared dead, Kayam Uddin.
Meanwhile, next of kin of people who died in the natural calamities that struck East Khasi Hills can approach the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Shillong for ex-gratia relief, the DC, Isawanda Laloo, informed through a press release today.
Compensation is available for all cases of persons deceased due to natural calamities, including those involved in relief operations or related activity. Ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh per deceased person will be paid by the Deputy Commissioner from the State Disaster Response Fund.
Five people were confirmed dead, with four missing and feared dead following torrential rains that led to landslides and other rain-related calamities hit the district last week. There were at least eight dead in other districts of Meghalaya.