Cyclonic storm lashes Nagaland, NE

Cyclonic storm lashes Nagaland, NE
(L to R) A house damaged by the gusty wind in Sakraba village. An electricity pole knocked down by the storm on Wednesday morning. (Via WhatsApp/Veyozo).
Correspondent/Agencies KOHIMA/GUWAHATI/SHILLONG, APR 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/17/2019 11:44:40 AM IST

A massive cyclonic storm in the wee hours of April 17 lashed most parts Nagaland and other North Eastern states leaving a trail of destruction by uprooting trees, damaging houses and disrupting power supply.

Even as the storm, followed by heavy downpour, swept across most parts of Nagaland, reports reaching here stated that Phek district was among the worst affected. At least 17 houses at Sakraba village in Phek district was damaged by the storm. 

Sakraba Village Council chairman Nerayi D Vadeo informed Nagaland Post that 17 houses and electricity poles were damaged, while many trees were uprooted and fell on power cables and roads disrupting power connection and blocking roads, affecting movement of traffic.

He said several water pipelines were also damaged. However, there was no report of any casualty.

Stating that certain restoration work like power supply etc. was beyond the villagers’ capacity, Vadeo appealed to the authorities concerned to look into the matter. Veyozo, a villager, remarked “We haven’t seen such heavy wind in our entire life time”.  

Further details on damage are awaited from State Disaster Management Authority.

Meanwhile, the village council acknowledged the Phek district administration and individuals for extending their help and support to the affected villagers.

Assam: A massive storm also lashed parts of Assam including the main city Guwahati on Wednesday around 2.30 a.m. 

Most of the roads across Guwahati were strewn with torn branches and a blanket of leaves covered all over. The winds were so heavy and so harsh that several tinned roofs were blown away leaving people to spend the rest of the night under the open sky amid continuous rain that continued till early morning. Officials said that several people were also injured, though no loss of life was reported.

Meghalaya: A cyclonic storm accompanied with rain wreaked havoc in parts of Meghalaya during the wee hours of Wednesday with several houses being damaged, roads blocked, trees uprooted and disruption of power supply.

According to reports, many houses in the Garo Hills were extensively damaged. Skymetweather report has predicted thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds over North Eastern states. It, however, added that the intensity of the weather activities will reduce thereafter in most parts of the region.

Meanwhile, rain, thunderstorm and strong winds claimed the lives of several people in parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat overnight, leaving over 40 people dead and many others injured.

PM announces ex-gratia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved an ex- gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from the PM’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to unseasonal rain and storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur and other parts of the country. Prime Minister has also approved Rs. 50,000 each for those injured.

Expressing grief at the loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms across India, Modi said: “The government is doing its best to provide all possible assistance to those affected. The situation is being monitored closely.”

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