Thursday, October 6, 2022

Storms wreak havoc in Assam and Manipur

Lightning, storm kill 8 in Assam

At least eight persons, including two minors, were killed in separate incidents of lightning strikes as severe storm accompanied with heavy rains swept Assam, an official bulletin said on Saturday.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the ‘Bordoisila’ , as such summer storms and rains are called, lashed several parts of Assam since Thursday.
In addition to the human casualty, it left behind a trail of destruction, including damaged houses, uprooted trees and snapped electric lines.
The ASDMA bulletin, which was updated till 8 pm on April 15, said that four persons were killed in Dibrugarh on Friday due to the massive storm.
The deceased have been identified and included a 12 year-old.
Three more persons lost their lives to the storm in Barpeta district on Thursday and a 15-year old boy died in lightning in Goalpara district, ASDMA said.
The storm uprooted scores of trees and dozens of electric poles, damaged many houses at various places in the past few days, ASDMA said in the bulletin.
At least 7,378 houses and other establishments have been damaged in the state during the last two days, it added.

Storm wreaks havoc in Manipur, houses destroyed, no human casualty


A powerful storm wreaked havoc in various parts of Manipur in the wee hours of Friday, uprooting hundreds of houses, trees and electric posts in its wake in both the hills and the valley districts of the state. There were no reports of human casualties in the storm that raged across the state at around 1am Friday night.
Major damages were, however, reported mainly from Kakching and Bishnupur districts of the state.
In Kakching district, roofs of around 100 houses in Pangaltabi area were blown off and dumped on the roads which blocked the Indo-Burma Road at several places. Police were assisted by the members of local youth clubs for several hours to clear the debris.
Pradhan of Pangaltabi Gram Panchayat, Ningthoujam Indibala Devi claimed that over 100 houses were damaged after roofs were blown off by the powerful storm. Members of at least six families were rendered homeless after their houses were completely razed, the pradhan added.
The powerful storm also damaged houses and other structures at Chairen and Wangoo villages.
She sought immediate relief from the pertinent authorities of the state government to affected people and informed that the members of the six families were taking shelter at a government school.
The fitful gusts of wind caused widespread destruction in the Kumbi area of Bishnupur district and roofs of several houses and other structures were also blown off at Borayangbi, Wangoo Terakhong and adjoining villages.
Mudslides and rockslides triggered by the heavy rain that followed the powerful storm disturbed normal vehicular movement along Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-37 and other roads in hill districts of Tamenglong and Noney.
A landslide in Khongshang along the stretch of NH-37 disturbed the normal vehicular movement, reports said. Many vehicles were also stranded midway along the Imphal-Tamenglong (IT) Road following a heavy mudslide at Dailong area, reports said.
Authorities pressed into service heavy machineries to clear debris and resume normal traffic along the roads, reports said.
Meanwhile, there was electric supply and phone connections remained cut for most parts of Friday in the state as the storm affected normal proceedings of ATMs, banks, water supplies and others in the state.
Normalcy, however, resumed with the restoration of the power supply.