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Storm lashes Nagaland; power lines snapped

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/15/2020 11:44:30 AM IST
Power supply was snapped in several places of Nagaland after violent storm battered the state Wednesday evening. A powerful storm reportedly uprooted trees and poles in many areas besides causing damage to properties.
According to a power department official, the Metha substation and Industrial substation in Dimapur have been shutdown as the department was attempting to detect the power lines that have been snapped. The official, however, informed that the department was trying to restore normal power supply at the earliest.
Reports reaching here also stated that several districts were hit by storm on Wednesday.
As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the convergence of strong moist winds from the Bay of Bengal would bring fairly widespread to widespread rainfall, along with the possibility of isolated heavy showers, over North East region.
As per weather report, parts North East region were likely to experience heavy rainfall activity from April 15-19, 2020. The report stated that an orange alert has been placed over nine states within this time frame in view of these weather predictions.
 
Mobile tower posing threat to residents: As heavy storm hit Dimapur on Wednesday evening, the residents living nearby Jio mobile tower near Sumi Baptist Fellowship, Supply colony (Opposite Essar petrol pump, Landmark Colony) had to rush to neighbouring areas to take shelter because of fear tower collapsing.
Speaking to Nagaland Post, the caretaker of the house, who resides few metres away from the tower, said that during storm the tower starts swaying violently putting the lives of nearby residents at risk. 
The caretaker also said that he had take up the grievances with the concerned authorities several times, but they turned a deaf ear to the pleas. 
“One year ago, the authority had extended about half feet at the foundation for stronger support, but it was not enough to support the tower from standing firm during stormy season,” he added.
He has appealed to the concerned authority to intervene and address the issue before any disaster occurred.
 

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