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Hailstorm batters state, Over 80 houses damaged in Zbto, school roofs blown in Chare

An office of the GHS Chare seen roofless after the storm blew it off, Wednesday. Nagaland home minister Imkong L. Imchen seen providing cash relief to one of the storm victims. (NP)
Published on 1 Apr. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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Powerful cyclone followed by freak hailstorm continued to batter several parts of the state for second consecutive day Wednesday damaging standing crops, houses and properties worth crores of rupees.
The cyclonic rainstorm, dubbed as “Nor’wester”, which is now active in entire eastern and northeast India and few other places in the country, would continue till the onset of monsoon, the meteorological department director Dilip Saha had said Tuesday.
According to a report received here from Aghunato, under Zunheboto district, there was heavy cyclonic storm in the morning, and after a lull at around noon, freak hailstorm accompanied by powerful winds pounded Aghunato town and adjoining villages from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Taking to Nagaland Post over the phone from Aghunato, Eden boarding school principal Toniho Yeptho said some hailstones measuring 3 to 4 centimeters in diameter and weighing at least 50 grams riddled through house roofs made of CGI sheets and tin. He said that approximately 67 houses were severely damaged in Aghunato town alone.
Another report said hailstorm accompanied by high velocity wind Wednesday lashed Aotizu subdivision causing damages to several houses and properties. At least eight houses in Awotsakili and several houses including granaries in Yeshulto village were damaged.
In Atoizu town several houses were damaged including government quarters. The DC Zunheboto has already deputed officials to affected villages, sources said.
Meanwhile, several buildings including government high school Chare, JNV, Chare, EAC office, private residential buildings have been totally damaged and as many as five electric poles toppled by cyclonic storm Wednesday at around 7 a.m.
GHS Chare headmistress Jongshimongla said in a statement that normal conduct of classes of several schools at Chare town have been suspended indefinitely as the roofing of class rooms and offices were blown off.
Meanwhile, according to a DIPR report, the houses damaged in Changtongya town and Akhoya village now stood at 94 including 59 houses in Changtongya town alone and 41 house in Akhoya village.
HM visits victims
State home minister Imkong L. Imchen visited victims of Tuesday’s deadly storm in Akhoya village and Changtongya Wednesday.
The home minister donated Rs. 5 lakh and 300 bundles of CGI sheet from chief minister’s relief fund to all the victims of both the places.
Imchen personally donated Rs.5000 each to two victims who sustained injuries during the devastating incident and also to three fire victims in Changtongya.
Nagaland home minister donated Rs. 5000 each to Akhoya Village Council and SDO (C) Changtongya for helping the victims.
The victims were also visited by ABAM, Ao Senden, Mokokchung chamber of commerce and Red Cross.
Meanwhile, Akhoya Village Council (AVC) has expressed gratitude for deep concern shown and immediate relief extended by state government and various organizations and well wishers during their difficult times.
A press statement issued by AVC chairman B.Tiatemjen Longkumer has particularly thanked state home minister Imkong L Imchen and MLA Nuklutoshi for assistance.

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