Storm leaves trail of destruction in 3 NE states

Storm leaves trail of destruction in 3 NE states
(L-R) A shop on the roadside in Imphal brought down by storm on Sunday. (NP) A house damaged by storm at Teok in Jorhat on Saturday. (UB)
Correspondent/Agencies IMPHAL/ JORHAT/ DHARMANAGAR, Apr 28 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/28/2019 12:25:03 PM IST

A storm which lashed some parts of Manipur, Assam and Tripura left a trail of destruction behind.

Three persons including a girl were feared drown after the boat they were sailing at an Eco Park at Ramrei village capsized by the violent storm. 

The missing trio were Sagakpam Rajiv (35) his brother S Romen (29) and their cousin sister N Rani (19).  The rescued operation is underway till the time of filing this report.

There were also reports of damaged to residential houses and school buildings at several parts of the state.

Authority of state meteorological department was not available to confirm the intensity of the storm. The storm lasted for around 30 minutes which was followed by a medium rain.

The violent storm also brought wildfire from nearby hills to a village (Takhel) in Imphal East district but fire tenders from Imphal rushed and doused the fire before it spread.

The entire state also experienced total blackout owing to the damage of electric poles that brought down power lines. Power supply resumed around 6.30 pm. However, several areas in the outskirt of the city remained dark till the time of filing this report.

In Upper Assam, there was a power outage of about 12 hours or more in several areas in Jorhat town with trees falling and snapping electric cables and even poles being uprooted.

Consequent to the power outage, water supply also was stopped.

Roofs of several schools and colleges collapsed under broken trees or were blown off.

Likewise in the villages the gale winds took off the roofs of houses and even walls caved in with people narrowly escaping with their lives.

Farmers lamented the destruction of granaries and stocked rice.

Several roads were also blocked due to fallen trees.

As per the district administration initial storm damage report approximately 74 villages and a population of 6456 were affected.

The number of houses fully damaged was 326 and 2475 houses were partially damaged.

Besides one college, 14 schools, two Anganwadi centres and two irrigation schemes were damaged.

Apart from these, in Murmuria tea estate, 400 houses were damaged.

The places most affected were Meleng, Teok, Mariani, Nakachari, Seleng and Tiruwal areas.

Meanwhile, the storm left a trail of destruction behind in Churaibari and its surrounding villages on Sunday morning.

According to Northeast Now, trees got uprooted, electric cables got torn and tin roofs went flying. Several houses got damaged in the storm the effect of which was felt most in Churaibari, Fulbari, Laxminagar, Kherengchuri, Khadim Para and few other places.

As storm has caused massive damage in these places, the villagers have sought government assistance to rebuild their houses.

The people of these villages belong to the marginalised section of the society and without government help they will not be able to “piece together” their lives.

The impact of the storm was so devastating that many a shop also got damaged. In fact, within an hour, Churaibari and several other villages in North Tripura was left in shambles.

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