TURA, Oct 6 � The Chibinang-Dadenggre road, which connects more than 300 villages in Garo Hills, has been destroyed to such an extent that it now looks more like an extension of the Ringgre river bed.
The worst-affected by the total destruction of the road have been the school-going children who used to cycle their way to school. The road has now become a quagmire of potholes and protruding stones.
The road was being constructed by PWD (North) division and almost 10 kms of the roughly 25 kms was already road blacktopped. The rest of the road was in the process of being built. However, now there is nothing to show that it was once motorable. Houses along the road have also been destroyed by the flood.
�My house was just by the side of the road and when the Ringge river was flooded we were the first ones to be affected. We had to swim through the current to a safer area. However, most of what I had is now history. The road too is gone�, said S Marak, a resident of Bikonggre, one of the affected villages.
�My children study in nearby Chibinang and they used to cycle their way to school. Now, it is impossible for them to use the road�, said LD Sangma, another resident of the area.
�The hill road is a lifeline for the pineapple, ginger and cashew farmers and traders but now everything is lost in the flood. We don�t know how we are going to survive the coming months�, said an emotional Sangma, on the verge of tears.