TURA, July 30 - At least five people are feared drowned including two minors in flood-hit West Garo Hills. The region has been hit by an unprecedented rise in waters due to back flow of the mighty Brahmaputra.
Three bodies were recovered today from different parts of Phulbari and Rajabala area, which included an eight-year-old girl child � Atuba Begum of Tilapara. The child had gone missing since yesterday and locals said the child slipped and fell into deep waters.
Two others, whose bodies were recovered were � Asraful Hoque, 16, of New Bhaitbari and Sahida Bibi, 19, of Maulakandi village near Chibinang.
Speaking on the grim flood situation, WGH DC Bakshi said, �We have received information that two more persons have gone missing. We suspect that they might have drowned.�
Most flood victims have been sheltered in 26 relief camps in the affected areas. Meghalaya Power Minister Clement Marak, Speaker Abu Taher Mondal and Parliamentary Secretary Ashahel D Shira met victims at different relief camps and assured that gratuitous relief will begin from tomorrow.
Tura Lok Sabha MP Conrad Sangma, who arrived from New Delhi yesterday, also toured the entire plain belt area of West Garo Hills today, where nearly two lakh people have been affected due to flood.
He told the gathering that he has taken up the matter with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh and other senior officials in the Centre.
�I have raised the issue of flood in Parliament and how it affects the people in North East. I will continue to raise the issue till flood in NE is declared a national calamity�, he told the victims.