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Three killed in Meghalaya floods

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

Incessant rainfall in has caused flood in low lying areas of the state, with many rivers flowing above the danger level, officials said today.

East Khasi Hills district SP Davis Marak said three persons died and two others injured due to flood-related incidents in the north eastern state today.

Three persons were killed and two others injured when an old Eucalyptus tree at the premises collapsed on top of a taxi here, police said.

The tree came crashing down pulling along with it an electric post, telecom cables, and crushed four vehicles, they said.

"Three persons died on the spot and two others suffered minor injuries," Marak said.

Rescue teams have been put on service to clear the debris even as traffic was diverted, he said, as a result of which there was massing traffic jam across the state capital.

The police said the tree collapsed because of the incessant rainfall making the soil loose even as there were reports of minor landslips across the district.

Meanwhile, over one hundred families have been asked to move to higher grounds in South Garo Hills district, while hundred others in West Garo Hills district have been evacuated after incessant rainfall caused floods in the low lying areas, officials said.

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First Published: Sat, August 12 2017. 21:22 IST