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Storm lashes Dimapur

An auto-rickshaw smashed by a tree brought down due to heavy rain and storm at Vihokhu. (R) Electric pole that was blown down by heavy storm at Signal Basti area, Dimapur on Sunday. (NP)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, May 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 May. 2010 1:04 AM IST
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At least five persons were injured, when a high velocity storm and rain swept Dimapur on Sunday evening at around 4 p.m. The storm uprooted trees and damaged eight electric poles leaving Dimapur plunging into complete darkness, besides damaging houses as well as a school.
When contacted, power department sources said five electric poles collapsed at Army Supply Road and three in Thahekhu village while power supply in various colonies were interrupted after trees fell on the wire causing inconvenience to the denizens.
The department also confirmed that power supply will resume only by Monday evening as repair works were in progress to restore power. However, according to SDO electrical division –II power supply in Burma camp area was restored just a few hours after the storm.
In Vihokhu village, at least five persons were injured when a tree fell on the auto-rickshaw they were traveling, caused by the strong wind-current, besides blowing away the roofs of several houses, waiting shed including that of St. Josephs Christian Home English School.
Properties worth around several lakhs of rupees were destroyed by the storm, stated Vihokhu village council.
At the Discipleship Bible College, Principal Nuklu Longkumer informed that the storm damaged a boy’s hostel when all the wards were having dinner. He also said the storm also badly damaged a room and the staff quarter kitchen. However, no one was injured in the incident, added the principal.
The storm along with rains also caused inundation in several parts of Dimapur.The areas include -forest colony,Dhobinalla and at Golaghat road.Inundation was mainly caused due to lack of drainange.

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