Pynursla, Dawki and other border villages of Ri-War Mihngi area remain cut off as authorities are yet to clear the debris of rocks and boulders caused by a major landslide at Rngain on April 14.
It may be mentioned that the landslide crushed a Datsun RediGo car and took it down the Rngain gorge killing two occupants of the car. The dead were identified as Seiborlang Jaktung and June Khongjirem, both residents of Wahlyngkhat.
A Mahindra Bolero also sustained damage in the landslide. Five passengers including a driver Evernus Mylliem Pdah of Mawiapbang suffered minor injuries.
However, only 5 (five) passengers including the driver were taken to Pynursla CHC for medical examination and were later released after first aid
National Highway-40 which connects Shillong with Dawki remains closed for traffic.
Workers are facing difficulty to clear the debris as the stretch was very narrow and also the likelihood of more landslides if the debris along the hillock is cleared with the use of earthmovers.
People going towards Dawki, Nongshken and Pynurla are forced to travel a long distance through Sohra, Sohbar and Nongjri via Wahrew bridge.
Many people have blamed continued boulder mining in the area for export to Bangladesh as the cause of the landslide. They also urged the authorities to stop all mining activities in order to prevent further disasters.
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