Two residents of Meghalaya, who were in a boat on the River Brahmaputra, were killed when a lightning struck the boat they were travelling in. The same incident also led to many others being injured with most of them being transferred to Guwahati in Assam in critical state.
The incident occurred this afternoon at about 3 pm near the village of Dawakandi in South Salmara district in Assam.
According to locals, the group was travelling in a boat on the river when the incident occurred. The injured were immediately rushed to the Phulbari CHC where they were tended to. However, the alleged late arrival of doctors within the CHC as stated by locals led to at least one of the injured dying after being brought to the CHC.
“Doctors arrived about half an hour after the injured were rushed to the hospital by the policemen. If they had arrived on time, at least one of the injured could have been saved,” alleged one local.
Immediately after the incident was known local MLA, S.G. Esmatur Mominin (Rahibul) apprised Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma and has sought for financial aid to be released to the deceased family.
He also informed the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills seeking immediate aid for the bereaved families and is personally monitoring the well being of the injured and has made all necessary arrangement for their treatment at a local hospital in neigbouring Goalpara district of Assam.
The two killed have been identified as Hussain Sk and Kobidur Sarkar, both of who are residents of Charbatapara in Phulbari under West Garo Hills district. The injured have been identified as Samad Sk, Zamal Sk, Fatima Bibi, Rezzak Sk, Abdul Kadir and Shahjamal Sk (of Charbatapara), Hafizur Rehman, Soyful Sk, Mahidul Sk, Azahidul Sk, Azidur Reham and Foziul Rehman (of Haribhanga)
Meanwhile complaints against the CHC staff reached the local MLA who has promised to look into the issue.
“The matter is serious and we are looking into what happened. We will definitely find out if there was any lapse in the work done by the doctors, that could have saved a life, if not more,” added Rahibul.