Storms kill 8, damage 10,000 houses in April

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GUWAHATI, May 1: Thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds have inflicted considerable damage in the state during the ongoing pre-monsoon season. According to the latest Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report, eight people lost their lives in thunderstorms in April and over 50 thousand people were affected in several districts across the Brahmaputra and Barak Valley areas of the state.
An ASDMA spokesperson said 942 villages have been affected by thunderstorms from April 1 to April 28 as rain accompanied by thunderstorms wreaked havoc in several parts of the state.
“While a total population of 55,911 were affected by storms from April 1 to 28, a total of 8,106 kutcha and 1,273 pucca houses were partially damaged. As many as 586 kutcha and 29 pucca houses were fully damaged by storms during the month of April when pre-monsoon activities reached a peak,” the ASDMA spokesperson told TOI.
As per reports received from the respective district authorities, a total 75 institutions – including educational, religious and office establishments – were hit by devastating storms during the same period, he added.
The scale of devastation in the month of April this year, as ascertained by ASDMA, was higher than what was recorded in the same month last year. Sonitpur, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Karimganj, Nalbari, Barpeta, Baksa, Hojai and Darrang districts witnessed severe storms from the first week of April.
Incessant rain has continued to lash several parts of the northeast in the last 24 hours with light to moderate rain occurring at most places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura, along with isolated spells of heavy rainfall in Tripura.
Light to moderate rain has also occurred at many places over Arunachal Pradesh in the last 24 hours. An IMD report on Monday said light rain occurred at most places over the state of Mizoram during the last 24 hours.
It further stated that the day temperature fell markedly in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, and fell appreciably in Nagaland during the last 24 hours.
The day temperature was markedly below normal in Manipur and Tripura, appreciably below normal in Assam and Meghalaya and above normal in Arunachal Pradesh during the last 24 hours.
The IMD forecast said thunderstorms with gusty wind are very likely to occur at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on Tuesday and Wednesday, whereas heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura on Tuesday and over Meghalaya on Wednesday. (TNN)