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Probe ordered into Meghalaya dam tragedy

Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 13, 2009

Shillong, Oct 12 (PTI) A departmental enquiry has been ordered into the tragedy triggered by flood at the under-construction Myntdu-Leshka hydro-electric project in Meghalaya that has left at least seven workers dead and nine others missing.

“The enquiry team headed by Meghalaya State Electricity Board (MeSEB) member (hydro) M Bora will look into all aspects of the incident,” additional chief secretary and MeSEB chairman WMS Pariat told PTI today.

He said the panel would investigate the circumstances that led to the tragedy and its possible implications.

So far, seven bodies were recovered from the dam site that was hit by flood on Thursday evening while nine other workers are still untraced.

Incessant rains had caused flooding of the site and triggered landslides near the ambitious Rs 900-crore 84 MW project in Jaintia Hills district.

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