Garo Hills missing children recovered safely in Chibinang

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Tura, June 17: Three children who disappeared in Chibinang area’s Kalapani village on Thursday night and were suspected to have drowned were rescued safely from a house in a nearby village.

Initial reports from affected families had claimed four children were missing but during police enquiry it was found only three had disappeared.

Chibinang town and nearby Kalapani have been witnessing flood scenes for the last few days due to heavy rains and the Ringe river that flowed by its side was above the danger mark in many areas with powerful water currents.

On Thursday night the three children who were from Kalapani village did not return home. A search by family failed to locate them and a missing report was made to the police on Friday morning.

Worried officials alerted the state disaster rescue force teams stationed in the area and police quickly began an investigation which led them to the nearby Bangalkata village where the three children had stayed back after darkness fell.

The good news was given by West Garo Hills SP V S Rathore whose police teams quickly located the children and reunited them with the families.

“Four children were reported missing from Kalapani, Chibinang. However, during enquiry, it was ascertained that only 3 children were missing. All 3 children have been recovered safely by Phulbari police station from a house in nearby Bangalkata village where they had gone to play,” said SP Rathore.

CM move hailed: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma’s decision to close all educational institutions in view of the warning signs on the weather scenario has been hailed as the right decision by many, particularly parents whose children attend village schools where they have to navigate water currents crossing torrential rivers on a daily basis.

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