7 Injured, 500 Affected as Storm Ravages Parts of Shillong, Power Disputed

Block Development Officers have been directed to submit assessment reports on the damage caused by the storm, DC said.

Published: 06th April 2016 03:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2016 03:08 AM   |  A+A-


SHILLONG: Seven persons were injured and over 500 were affected when a cyclonic storm hit several areas of Meghalaya's capital city here today disrupting power supply and transportation and leaving seven persons injured.

The storm accompanied by heavy rainfall struck the Pynthor – Demseiniong and Umpling areas in the city and also in Nongpathaw village, district magistrates on duty said.

"Seven persons sustained minor injuries in the incident of natural calamity and over 150 homes including a school and a church have been affected," East Khasi Hills District Deputy Commissioner P S Dkhar told PTI.

He said 350 persons from 87 families including a school building in Pynthor-Demseiniong area were affected in the storm, which lasted for less than a minute blowing away roofs and uprooting trees and electric poles.

In Umpling area, 51 families were affected while three persons sustained minor injuries. 13 families from Nongpathaw area were also affected, Dkhar said.

Affected people were given immediate relief and blankets, he said.

The Block Development Officers have been directed to submit assessment reports on the damage caused by the storm," the DC added.

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