Pregnant mother, five children electrocuted in Meghalaya

Shillong, Oct 27 (IANS) A pregnant woman and her five children died of electrocution in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on Thursday, an official said.

Trisdolin Shangpliang, 35, and her children were electrocuted when electricity suspected to be leaking from a nearby transformer passed through their house in Nongthymmai Neng village in Mawphlang block, said the official who did not want to be named.

The children killed were Kamulstar, 9, Sngewbhalang, 8, Bedingstar, 5, Shishalin, 2, and a seven-month-old baby.

District Magistrate Peter S. Dkhar, however, said the cause of the deaths is yet to be ascertained.

“I have ordered an inquiry by the Block Development Officer to ascertain the exact cause of the deaths,” he said.