The Telegraph
Monday , July 16 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999

Landslide cuts off road link

Shillong, July 15: Tripura, Mizoram, and parts of Manipur and Assam were cut off from the rest of the country because of a landslide along a national highway in Meghalaya.

The landslide, following incessant rainfall, has choked the stretch of National Highway 44 at Sonapur and Tongseng in Jaintia Hills district bordering Assam.

Around 150km from here, Sonapur and Tongseng are landslide-prone areas and linked with National Highway 40, which connects Shillong and Guwahati.

“Our men are on the job to restore the road link,” an official said from Jaintia Hills.

Hundreds of passenger vehicles and trucks have been stranded on both ends of the landslide-hit road.

Just towards the end of last month, a major landslide had occurred along the same stretch leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded.

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