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Five killed as rains wreck havoc in Meghalaya

Updated on Monday, October 27, 2008, 00:00
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Shillong, Oct 27: Two women and three children were killed on Monday in separate incidents as incessant rains accompanied by winds wrecked havoc in Meghalaya since yesterday.

Three of a family, including a two-and-half-year old girl child, her mother and sister-in-law died, when a portion of their house in Laitumkhrah area collapsed, police said.

In another incident, two children are missing after they were washed away by rain waters in Polo area of the city.

The heavy rains have also resulted in uprooting of trees, damages to houses, electric poles and Kali puja pandals in various parts of the state.

The downpour has been triggered by tropical cyclone 'Rashmi', which after crossing the Bangladesh coast, is proceeding towards neighbouring Bhutan through Assam and Meghalaya.

The weatherman has predicted more rain, accompanied by gusty winds, in the next 48 hours even as the cyclone weakened into a depression.

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