Rain wreaks havoc in Meghalaya

SHILLONG: Heavy monsoon showers over the last few days have wreaked havoc in Meghalaya with reports of landslides, waterlogging and disruption of electricity coming in from several areas.

"The Polo Grounds area of the city, which is low lying, was waterlogged. However, the water has been going down since Tuesday afternoon as the rain has stopped," said a local.

All hill streams in the city, including Umkhrah and Umshyrpi, are in full spate and normal life is severely affected.

"A thunderstorm on Sunday disrupted communication in several parts of the city as telephone lines were hit," said an engineer of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) office. "We are working overtime to restore the snapped connection," he added.

"My landline and internet have gone dead since the thunderstorm on Sunday and BSNL has been unable to restore connection despite repeated complaints and requests," said a denizen.

Supply of electricity was disrupted in several parts of the city on Tuesday as branches of trees fell on high tension cables causing electric sparks.

Meanwhile, there were reports of landslides on the Guwahati-Shillong Road. "We are maintaining constant vigil to ensure that there is smooth flow of traffic," said an officer in the traffic department of the state police.

The North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) here has been under severe power crisis as lightning hit its main power station damaging the transformer, officials said. "Lightning struck the main power station of the university on Sunday afternoon and a report of the Tinsukia-based General Electric Corporation officials said the damage was severe as the diaphragm was blown out,"

NEHU vice chancellor AN Rai said. Peak demand at the university campus, which houses over 2,000 students and over 300 faculty members is 1.7 kw. The NEHU vice chancellor also said the university had decided to use power shedding for "optimum" use of power to the different units.