Nokrek Biosphere Reserve in Garo Hills district of Meghalaya has been added to Unesco


TURA, Dec 8

TURA, Aug 3

An alert has been sounded in the plain belts of Meghalaya as incessant rains since Monday triggered flash floods in several parts of the north eastern state washing away aperson and causing a series of landslides, besides inundating roads and cropland.

One person was washed away and six houses were destroyed in West Garo Hills district in the flash floods, official sources said today. Most of the rivers like Jinjiram, Ganol and Simsang were in spate, nearing the danger level.


Human population increases and development in Northeast India have reduced and fragmented wildlife habitat, which has resulted in human-wildlife conflicts. Although species such as tigers (Panthera tigris) and rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) cause conflict, elephants (Elephas maximus) have become the focal point for conflict and conservation issues.


When Sted Syiemlieh was a little boy, people in his mountain village, Tyrna, a few km from Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya, could predict when the skies would open up. "It was always at the same time,' the