National-Level Woman Cricketer Killed, Five Others Missing In Meghalaya Landslide

Shilong: Woman cricketer Razia Ahmed was killed and five others were missing when their homes were hit and buried by the landslide triggered due to heavy rainfall in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on Friday, officials said.

The landslide happen at around 6 am in Mawnei locality of the district, they said.

Razia’s cadaver was retrieved from the debris.

“The body of Razia Ahmed, 30, was retrieved from the debris. Five other persons are still missing,” Mawnei locality headman Bah Bud told PTI.

East Khasi Hills district Superintendent of Police, Sylvester Nongtynger said that a police and home guards’ team were deployed at the spot after being informed of the mishap.

Meghalaya Cricket Association general secretary Gideon Kharkongor said Razia had represented the state in various national-level tournaments since 2011-12.

Kharkongor said that Razia also played for Meghalaya in a tournament organised by the BCCI last year.

Razia’s teammates have also condoled her sudden demise.

“We will miss Razia and we pray that her soul finds eternal rest,” cricketer Kakoli Chakraborty said.

South Garo Hills was cut off from West Garo Hills on Thursday, after the Dumnikura timber bridge located on NH-62 directly connecting the two districts got washed away.

West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh, said that NH-62 will be closed and the PWD is looking for alternatives to keep Baghmara town in South Garo Hills connected.

“We are making efforts to connect Baghmara from Nengkhra-Siju-Karukol side, Chokpot-Siju side and the parallel road from Ramchenga/Dumnikura to Dalu,” he said.

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