One dies, 126 houses damaged in major cyclonic storm

SHILLONG: Twenty-seven-year-old Portima Vh Sangma Huripukni (Balat) lost her life while as many as 126 houses were destroyed as a major cyclonic storm that hit several villages under Mawsynram Community and Rural Development Block on Friday night.
As per preliminary reports submitted by the East Khasi Hills district administration led by extra assistant commissioner (Relief) Ronnie Wahlang on Sunday revealed that Sangma was killed following a lightning strike.
In the report, it was mentioned that police went to the spot but the deceased had already been buried the team reported.
Meanwhile, the report of the EAC also revealed that a total of 126 houses in several villages under Mawsynram (Contd in P-10)
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(Contd from P-3) C&RD block were affected of which, 20 were completely destroyed as per preliminary findings while the remaining were partially damaged.
“Initial relief materials have been dispensed today and tomorrow more supplies will be dispatched,” Deputy Commissioner Goyal informed when contacted.
Earlier, sources informed that 23 houses at Lawbah village were damaged, out of which, five were completely destroyed and 18 houses partially damaged. Similarly, at Mawtepiew village 23 houses were affected, four completely destroyed and 19 were partially damaged.
Sinai village so far seems to be the worst hit with as many as 28 houses being damaged on account of the severe cyclonic storm. Fortunately, no serious casualties were reported according to sources.
Under Nonglait village 25 houses were hit by the storm with 6 completely destroyed and 19 houses facing partial damage. In Umtyllun village 13 houses were affected with 5 being completely uprooted and 8 partially damaged.
While in Mawlyngbna 14 houses were damaged and two electricity poles were uprooted because of the storm, five livestock (pigs) were killed at Mawpen village due to a lightning strike.
Till filing of this report, enquiry teams covering Mawshynrut and Nongtrai villages are yet to submit their reports.

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