Shillong: Heavy rainfall in Meghalaya trigged a massive landslide near the Sonapur tunnel area on Tuesday morning. Vehicular movement on National Highway – 6 was briefly stopped even as restoration work commenced. The situation has since improved.
“A massive landslide occurred this morning due to heavy rainfall near Sonapur tunnel area in Jaintia Hills district. Vehicular movement stopped on NH-6 and later resumed in one lane. Restoration work underway,” said East Jaintia Hills DC Abhilash Baranwal.
As rain continues to pummel the northeastern states, multiple landslides had blocked several roads across Sikkim towards the end of last week. A massive landslide in 20th Mile area between Singtam and Rangpo in East Sikkim blocked National Highway 20 and cut off Gangtok – the second time in a matter of days that the main highway connecting the Sikkim capital with Siliguri in West Bengal was blocked due to a landslide at the same spot.
The government had urged residents not to travel unless absolutely necessary. On September 1, vehicles had been stranded on both sides of the landslide spot and alternate routes via Pakyong and Pandam have also been blocked at several locations due to multiple landslides.
Indian Army troops were roped in to rescue tourists after two trucks of army travelling from Yumthang towards Lachung in North Sikkim got stuck when a massive landslide that had occurred due to a sudden glacial lake burst on August 31.
Sikkim rains trigger massive landslides, administration urges people to remain indoors
More recently on Sunday, several landslides had blocked the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district as heavy rains lashed wide parts of Jammu province overnight. Officials said that the landslides and shooting of stones from hillocks overlooking the strategic highway at Cafeteria and Mehad had forced the suspension of vehicular traffic.